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 … Continue reading Tools and Chronic Pain
If this is your season of celebration, please take a moment for your own self-care. What can you do during this potentially busy season? Self-Care list: Drink a decaffeinated cup of teaStare into space for 5-10 minutesTake a bath with the door shutListen to calming musicEat a tangerine slowlyWatch a movie that soothes and entertains … Continue reading Chronic Pain and Self-Care
What? Really? How? Shapeshifting? In mythology, fairy tales, or shamanic lore, shapeshifting is typically defined as when humans change into someone or something else. One of the most common examples in movies and books is a werewolf. If you were bitten by a werewolf, you would then transform from a man into a wolf at … Continue reading Shapeshifting Relieves Chronic Pain
"Never own a disease. Reduce the amount of time you talk about it. Refuse to allow illness a place in your consciousness." RawforBeauty.com Every time I read this it stops me in my tracks just as pain can stop me. I think about this and work on it daily in order to thrive. When my … Continue reading Our Words and Chronic Pain
Do you have to keep doing all the holiday traditions? What is most important? Is it your family? Is it your friends? Buying presents? Wrapping presents? Stuffing stockings? Decorating? Cooking? Cleaning? Caring for the emotional health of everyone else? Making sure that you are the Martha Stewart of the annual parties you host? Volunteering at … Continue reading Holidays and Chronic Pain
I am in several online support groups for Trigeminal Neuralgia and Occipital and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia. I have learned so much about these conditions, what gives relief, and what procedures have been successful for others because I joined five years ago. When my brain surgery was scheduled, I logged into the Trigeminal Neuralgia group and asked … Continue reading Chronic Pain Support Groups?
The number one thing you can do for pain relief. Distraction helps move us away from catastrophizing every ache and pain. “… it appears to involve competition for attention between a highly salient sensation (pain) and consciously directed focus on some other information processing activity.” How Does Distraction Work in the Management of Pain? Think … Continue reading Distraction is the Most Powerful Analgesic