Quite often when we are feeling under the weather, when our body doesn’t respond the way we would like its very easy for us to use that as the reason we are ‘down’. We quite often believe that if we were physically well then we would be able to create the life that we want to live, and yet its our mindset that we need to alter in order for our body to respond to that.
You will have had, many times, when you felt that you were on a roll and nothing could stop you! At times like these, you may notice that your body worked better too. You feel GREAT! I’m sure there are other times too that you have felt whatever you touched went wrong, and every step you took led you down a blind alley! Yes? At times like these you probably also noticed a tension in your neck and shoulders, or a headache, maybe your gut began ‘playing up’ or the Chronic pain felt worse on those days.
This happens because of the internal talk and representations we hold. What and how you visualise, and what and how you talk to yourself about the situation or event will create very different states.
When you are angry at someone then this will translate into your physiology, your body posture changes, your muscles respond by tightening up, and a set of behaviours are then played out. You might slam a door, punch something, etc.
All of this physical tension will tend to magnify your negative feelings. When you are feeling vibrant and alive you see the world differently, you are filled with optimism confidence etc.
The key is to focus on what you do want rather than what you don’t want. When you focus on the things you don’t want and all the possible problems, you put yourself in the state that will give you all the very things you are trying to avoid. Focus on the reality you want and your state will change, it will support all the things you want and you will create the things you dream of. Your body will be calm and at ease and those niggling aches and pains, those IBS symptoms will be gone. Change your state, Focus on what you want you will be surprised by the results! What do you make of that?
Reduce your Stress
Stress is a major cause of increased muscle tension. It stands to reason that this will have a direct effect on your pain levels. Tight muscles are painful. So concentrating on reducing your stress, automatically has an effect of reducing muscle tension and your pain. Stress, as i’m sure you are aware, saps your energy and reduces your ability to cope with the pain.
Fight and Flight.
This is the stress response, and it produces adrenaline which prepares your body to deal with any perceived threat. Either you stay and fight or you run away from the danger. The adrenaline is designed to be used when you take physical action. This response is an inbuilt genetic response designed to keep us safe and isn’t usually necessary in our modern daily lives. How often have you come across a Sabre Toothed Tiger on your way to work or the shops?! Due to our modern lifestyles and socialisation the unrelieved stress that gnaws away at us during the day, and the build up of adrenaline, often remains there, undispersed, causing all the unpleasant symptoms of stress including increased pain.
It is important to know yourself. What are your known triggers for stress? They are different for everyone.
- Cancelled appointments or being late for one.
- Arguments with work colleagues or family issues
- Children misbehaving.
- Extra bills coming in or lack of money.
- Your computer playing up.
- Technology: From unsolicited sales calls, internet going down etc.
- Becoming anxious, angry or depressed due to feeling out of control
- Too many requests for your time.
- Health issues and Pain flare-ups.
Some of the best ways to deal with stress are to STOP, BREATHE, and unhook from the thoughts that trigger the feelings. Speak to a friend, take some time out. Its important to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings and then recognise how you are feeling in that moment and say to yourself ‘it will pass’. Focus on what you can and are capable of, rather than on what you cannot do. These strategies and more are covered in our Pain Management Groups starting on the 10th October in Newcastle. Please go here. OR CALL DEE ON 07093 456237 To find out more and to book your place. Have a great day.
How are you this morning? Is it a good one? Are you focussing on how you are going to get through the day, and if that Chronic Pain will overwhelm you once again? Todays Tip will help you to manage your discomfort and get you through the day in an easier way.
Imagine that you are stood in front of a mountain and you have to climb it to get to the other side. As you look at its height it feels like a huge undertaking! Now just imagine that you are looking down at your feet, and you focus on each small step. You forget the mountain you are just aware of your feet as you put one foot in front of the other. You can stop, you can rest, you can alter your body position, you can plan how long you will walk and how long you will rest. So you’re first Tip of the week is: PACING.
Pacing: is about creating a balance between doing too much and making the pain worse and doing too little and being totally inactive. When you Pace yourself correctly throughout the day you recognise when its time to stop before the pain rises and therefore remain in control.
Spread out your tasks into smaller chunks. Recognise when it is your time to stop and rest. You will know your own body so take the time to notice this. Time your activity and then break it down so that you get it done without increasing the pain. Before you know it you will have reached the top of that mountain without any effort at all! Have a great day!
You can learn more about Pacing and other helpful ways to reduce and eliminate your pain by attending our Friendly small group sessions. Go Here. OR CALL DEE 07903 456237 for more information and to book your place.