My A to Z of pain —
This is by no means exhaustive, but rather a brainstorm of some of the most salient features of the Pain Coach Programme to overcome chronic pain and injury.
I am sure that I will mould this and re-shape it in time, as you are also free to from this basic framework. At the heart of the thinking lies the person suffering persisting pain, whereby their sense of self and who they feel that they are has been compromised and affected by the pain. Pain often becomes all-encompassing, pervading into all corners of one’s existence. Except that this need not be the case as we understand our pain, develop our thinking to take the right action and focus, utterly focus upon the vision of how we want to be living. All too often the messages given and auto-suggested are negative and inaccurate and hence as soon as the thinking is right and based on what we really know about pain, the person will see the opportunity to move forward towards a meaningful life once more.
A to Z of pain:
Attitude to pain affects what you think and the action you take.
Behaviours are chosen based on your beliefs; work on your beliefs about pain by really understanding it.
Change happens in the wake of developing your thinking about pain.
Decide to focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t.
Energise yourself with movement, breathing, diet and engagement with people who nourish you and make you feel good.
Focus on your vision of who you want to be and what you want to be doing. Re-visit this focus often each day.
Galvanise your strengths and focus on them to develop and grow.
Habits of health created by you.
Intelligent emotionally to be aware of how you and others are feeling so that you can make positive changes by focusing on your strengths.
Jump for joy as often as you can; if not literally, then in your mind — imagine jumping!
Kick unhealthy habits by developing your strengths.
Laughter has great effects on health and you.
Meaning is key for engagement at work and in relationships, so create a meaning for all these situations.
Notice what is happening right now; be mindful and see how anxiety drops and you feel better. When you feel better, your pain feels better.
Observe your thoughts rather than being embroiled in them.
Persevere to achieve your vision.
Quiet time to re-charge.
Refresh often during the day with movement, breathing and creating calmness in your mind.
Success comes with perseverance, choosing to think positively, learning from mistakes and focusing upon your vision.
Tell yourself positive messages over and over and notive how you feel — also using your own body language: sit up, stand tall, be proud becasue you are worthy.
Understand your pain is undoubtedkly the fisrt step in overcoming pain.
Virtues and morals drive what we do because that’s what we believe. They should be in synch with those of our relationships and work.
Worthy of overcoming pain and living a meaningful life – you are!
X factor is something we all have. Use it to motivate yourself and change emotional gears.
Yes I can.
Zzzz’s are an absolute must for health. 8 hours.
* These thoughts derive from the Pain Coach Programme for overcoming chronic pain.
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