Make your pain management tools list for the new year!

What tools are you using daily to help you with your pain?

Because chronic pain is so taxing on your mind and body, you need to take action to reduce it. You can look up how all the items on this list help reduce pain and you will find evidence-based proof. It’s science!

The New Year is a great time to update your existing list or build one for the first time.

Make your tool list for the New Year.

This is part of my ever-growing distraction list:

  • Listen to music
  • Recall memories that make me feel good
  • Cook great meals
  • Nourish friendships
  • Add to my comedy toolkit
  • Visit my favorite places even if it’s just in my mind or through pictures
  • Move to the best of my ability every day
  • Post a list of things that distract me from pain
  • Take deep relaxing breaths
  • Practice meditation/mindfulness
  • Create a list of things I do for self-care
  • Write down three things I am grateful for at the start of each day
  • Eat anti-inflammation foods
  • Keep items around that make me smile
  • Engage in hobbies
  • Exercise
  • Use the mantras: “Sore but safe.” Pain does not equal harm.” “I am not ill. I just have chronic pain.”
  • Reduce screen time
  • Create a walking plan and slowly increase my time
  • Change my exercise plan every few months
  • Make sure I have the right tools to live my life
  • Research my disease from credible sources
  • Thrive
  • Educate others about my disease
  • Listen to how I speak about my pain
  • Find all my pain-free places through body scanning
  • Laugh daily
  • Keep my health history documents current
  • Keep my medications list current
  • Practice self-compassion for myself and others
  • List the benefits of chronic pain

I support you in your ability to thrive with chronic pain. It is a choice.


Gail Sinclair, MHt, CNC is a hypnotherapist who helps those living with chronic pain go from discomfort to thriving by using hypnosis, pain management tools and resources.

She is a Master Hypnotherapist, Nutritional Consultant, and a Reiki Master Teacher. She has over 20 years in healing work and is an international award-winning speaker.

Gail lives in Portland, OR with her delightful husband, son, and cat. She can be found cooking, knitting, writing, and figuring out new ways to thrive with Trigeminal, and Occipital Neuralgia.

You can reach her at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *