Next, with your overall goal in mind, set a few smaller, short-term goals for managing pain, using your pain log as a guide. For example, perhaps you notice that you often have a pain flare-up after spending an entire afternoon running errands. Perhaps you also saw a pattern that pain and irritability increase when you are fatigued or stressed. Use this information, knowledge of your strengths, and the tools below to set a goal for how you might decrease a pain flare-up in the future.
Your plan should include not only goals for decreasing pain, but also goals for pursuing activities and roles that are important to you. Be realistic. Don’t try to do too much too soon; break larger goals into steps you feel confident you can achieve.