I found new metaphors for my chronic pain while sitting in the Tillamook Rainforest for four days with no technology to distract me. During this period, I listened for wisdom. Vision Quest and Metaphors I wrote in my journal “Walk between the raindrops. Your thoughts about pain flow so closely together that you think you … Continue reading Metaphors for Chronic Pain
I watched Jerry Seinfeld’s “23 Hours to Kill” on Netflix last night. He was speaking about phrases that he doesn’t like and the first one he said was, “It is what it is.” My husband and I started laughing because I use it when people ask about my chronic pain. It Is What It Is This … Continue reading Chronic Pain “It Is What It Is”
How do you Heal? Does chronic pain control you? Do you have days where the damage exists and controls your thoughts? Are you depressed about the things you can no longer do? Is thriving is so far away from where you are that you can only imagine being controlled by your pain? Stop fighting with … Continue reading Does Chronic Pain Control You?
Look for words that uplift you If you are having a day where your thoughts keep turning to your pain, search out other's writing that uplifts you. Sometimes just reading another point of view, can pull you into a new place and reduce your discomfort. Many of you may have artificial hips, shoulders, knees and/or … Continue reading Just For Today Let Other’s Words Soothe Your Pain
You need Chronic or Persistent Pain Basics in your pain management tools. If you are in the midst of a flare, this becomes even more important, so I am keeping this simple. Here’s a review of many of the tools that I have posted in past blogs. No is a Complete Sentence Remember to say, … Continue reading Chronic or Persistent Pain Basics
Use this list to start the New Year and consciously reduce your pain. Trust that they work. There is a reason that you've probably heard most of these suggestions. Why? Because they consistently help! Practice these ideas alone when you first learn them. You can do this at your own pace until it becomes second … Continue reading 9 Easy Ways to Reduce Your 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 Words and Chronic Pain
"The problem with complaining about your health is that it tends to draw us to the actual experience of illness..." A complaint Free World Language is everything to me. The way I think and speak and especially the way I talk to myself about pain becomes ever more important. Over the years, I have worked … Continue reading I am not ill. I just have chronic pain.
Pain increases with thoughts of anxiety and fear. Decrease your pain by reducing anxiety or fear. I know. Easier said than done. Find a technique that works for you like meditation/mindfulness, SIMs & DIMs process, yoga, breath work, body scans, humor, friendships and hobbies. You will need to pay attention to your thoughts daily so … Continue reading Feelings of Danger in Me Increases Chronic Pain