Mindfulness ~ A Powerful Chronic Pain Coping Skill

Research has shown that mindfulness is one of the very few things truly proven to be an affective coping skill for Chronic Pain.

But what in the heck is mindfulness?

Andy Puddicombe, a former Tibetan Monk, does a wonderfully entertaining job of presenting just what mindfulness is and looks like and also covers, in a delightful manner, the benefits of practicing it for even just 10 minutes a day.

Enjoy!

Chronic Pain and Bereavement ~ Learning to Live with the Losses

Chronic Pain, obviously, takes from us, first and foremost, the gift of living pain-free, of health and well-being. That is a hard thing to come to terms with (to put it mildly). But living in constant pain, we soon learn, is going to ask much, much more of us, as do so many chronic illnesses.

We come to know, and perhaps repeatedly and/or continuously for a time, a sense of profound bereavement.

Learning to understand the psychological process of loss, of bereavement, is an important coping skill when you live with Chronic Pain.

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Keeping Your Smile

The gentle act of a smile can remind and become a touchstone for us that goodness, peace and joy are nor only possible but near.

Living in Chronic Pain can lead us down dark paths full of confusion, loss of meaning, purpose and hope, and we must strive to find such reminders, lights, to help us find our way, keep our sanity and our hearts, while we face and learn to live with pain.

The practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness has been found to be one of the surest of beacons for those who live in Chronic Pain.

Here, Thich Nhat Hahn, a Zen Buddhist Monk, does a beautiful job of explaining how the simple, gentle act of smiling can…

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The “Fundamentally Painful Human Condition”

“Life is full of troubles

and vexations,

 One must either

Rise above it by means of corrected thoughts,

or

Leave it be.”

~ Arthur Schopenhauer, a 19th-century Philosopher, “who advocated ways — via artistic, moral and ascetic forms of awareness — to overcome a frustration-filled and fundamentally painful human condition.”

 

Chronic Pain on Trend: The Power of a Minimalist Wardrobe

Can clothing, one’s wardrobe, really make a difference for those living with Chronic Pain?

If merely getting dressed in the morning is a stressful event due to pain, you just might want to consider the trend of minimalism, specifically adopting a minimalist approach to fashion and dressing.

Not only is it a simpler approach to the actual physical aspect of getting dressed, it also just may help you to live better with your pain, physically, mentally and psychologically.

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