Pro golfers use visualization when they play. They picture the precise shot they want to hit before taking the club back – the trajectory, shape, roll and finish. This puts a positive image in the mind; the body then makes the motions needed to turn the image into reality.
We can do the same with our pain.
We can visualize a different way to view our pain and respond to it. We can visualize living well despite the pain. And we can visualize the pain leaving our bodies or the pain taking a smaller role in our lives.
Try these exercises
Find links to these and other self-management tools.
I was recently honored to be a guest on the Compass Opioid Stewardship Program podcast hosted by Dr. Rachael Duncan, PharmD. and Dr. Don Stader.
I'm so grateful for the opportunity and blessed to be able to share my story with clinicians. I'm also thankful for the generosity of Dr. Stader. You'll find out what he offered me at the end of the podcast. It brought me to tears.
You can listen to the podcast episode on Apple, Spotify, and Libsyn via the links below:
Check out the entire podcast series.
Learn more about the Compass Opioid Stewardship Program.
Tom Bowen is a chronic pain patient who turned into an advocate, educator, and collaborator.