I’ve had a Kindle for the last few years and I absolutely love it. Admittedly, you can’t beat a proper book, but a Kindle comes a very close second and is the ideal product to help with my chronic pain.
I’ve recently bought myself a new Kindle Voyage. My previous one was the Kindle Keyboard which was quite large and bulky and didn’t come with an internal light. I had to use a case with a built in light which added to the weight. It’s not often I spend quite so much money on myself, but I knew it would be worth the expense and really help me cope with my pain.
Now, I’m not saying it takes my pain away nor does it reduce my pain physically, but mentally it helps me cope in so many ways, and here’s why…
I can get comfy lying down
If you’re familiar with my story and regularly read my blog posts, you’ll know that I have pain when I sit down. (If you want to know more read this blog post.) Therefore I spend a lot of my time lying down to help me manage my pain. There aren’t too many things that are practical to do when lying down, but reading is one of them. I can lie down for so long holding a paperback book, but after a while I’m not very comfy. But with a Kindle I can get comfy lying down and read for hours.
I can use one hand, two hands, or no hands
One thing that I love about my Kindle is that I can hold it with one hand, two hands, rest it on a cushion, or lay it down flat and still read it ok. This allows a lot more flexibility in getting comfy in all kinds of positions.
I chose the Kindle Voyage because it was a fairly modern version and was both the lightest and smallest of the Kindles. I love my gadgets so I wanted something that had a few functions as well as being the most practical to suit my needs.
Books are a great distraction
Any type of reading, whether it is a paperback, hardback, a Kindle, or even some online document or blog posts, is a fantastic distraction to help cope and manage with chronic pain. It takes you away from reality and helps you switch off from things. And if you love non-fiction and self-development books like I do, then you can learn something at the same time, which is a huge boost mentally.
Reading helps me sleep
Getting a good night sleep is crucial when it comes to pain management. If you don’t get the proper rest you need, then managing pain can be even more difficult. When I read before bed I generally fall asleep quicker and get a better nights sleep.
Do you have a Kindle? How do you find it compared to proper books? What non-fiction books do you recommend?