Pain Psychology

I am re-visiting an online program I found when I went down one of my internet wormholes.  (Internet Wormhole… when you Google one topic and end up on another website and another and another…)

I love the research coming out of the Pain Psychology Center. The Director has a free online program for Pain Recovery. It helped me a lot last year, and I am going to be reading through it again this year. YAY!

If you check it out, let me know what you think!

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http://www.tmswiki.org/forum/painrecovery/

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Video time!

For my fellow chronic pain peeps…

I Want to Wake Up

Chronic pain has a way of taking over your life. It can become an obsession.  My first thought in the morning used to be, “How bad will the pain be today?” Chronic pain came along with chronic worry for me… and I didn’t even really realize it.  I just assumed that it was normal. And it probably is *BUT* it doesn’t HAVE to be!

This new year, I am working on micro habits. Adding little routines into my life (baby steps!) that will have me waking up in the morning with something GOOD to look forward to, instead of immediately wondering how much pain I will be in that day.

New habit #1: I have a new daily meditation book to read, so that my first thought will be, “What will I learn today?”

New habit #2: After reading, I put on my favorite song and do some gentle stretches, and have gratitude for another day of life.

I also have a new notepad to keep track of my daily/weekly/life goals and do baby steps toward making them reality. #GOALS

Who am I now, in 2018?

I am a person who reads every day.

I am a person who looks forward to learning something new.

I am a person who stretches every day and loves my body exactly as it is.

I am a person who has goals.

I am a person who wants to wake up!

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Thank You!

I want to say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone reading this right now!

I wish you all the best on this crazy journey called life.

I am still figuring out how to live and cope with chronic migraines … plus the depression and anxiety that come along with it.  I have so many questions and only a few answers.  But I think I am finding out more, little by little, along the way.

The big things in life are the little things.  I am still searching for ways to make each day meaningful, no matter what pain level I’m at.

I am still researching ways to heal myself.  Neuroscience, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, and pain psychology are my key words.  I will continue reading and learning…. applying new strategies as I go.  Little changes add up!  But it will take time.  I will try to keep you updated as I go!

This will be my last blog post of the year.  If you’re reading this, I hope you have a wonderful new year… “Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!”  I am looking forward to every day this life has to offer.  Somehow, through all the pain, I’ve managed to hold on to hope.

Sending you lots of love and positive vibes!

-Kelly Alive