Music has always been a way for me to soothe my senses, calm my fears, and change my focus. Come to find out there is actually science behind it all.
Check out this article: https://qz.com/quartzy/1274667/neuroscience-shows-listening-to-music-has-kind-of-the-same-effect-as-meditation/?fbclid=IwAR0attfiwW3CZkJ45Oc7zgCOxpXTeFgAw_RXyeTaw_EWhq4ErmcDDtHhNbA
A great read from Dr. Rachel Zoffness in Psychology Today.
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If you have ever traveled to Yellowstone National Park, you may have seen signs asking you to not feed the bears. Feeding the bears only makes them more familiar to humans and human food - making the bears even more unpredictable and dangerous.
Just as feeding bears can create problems, feeding our fear of pain can make the pain more unpredictable and dangerous.
Chronic pain doesn’t mean more damage or harm
We know what to expect from chronic pain by the very nature of it being chronic or ongoing. It’s not like getting burnt, twisting an ankle, or getting stung by a bee that needs protection until the injury has heals. Chronic pain doesn’t specify immediate danger or harm.
Moderate activities won’t make pain worse
Exercise helps reduce pain, improves balance, improves conditioning, helps with weight control, improves sleep, increases flexibility, and releases endorphins to help make you feel better.
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We all experience pain.
The choice we have as humans is how we respond to the pain. We can either choose to wallow in the pain or we can choose to live life, despite the pain.
For many people with chronic pain, a vicious circle can form between pain and suffering.
Research has shown the psychological and social distress associated with pain is often more important to the pain experience as the perceived pain severity.
Think about it. We don’t go to the doctor just because we have a certain level of pain intensity on a numbered pain scale. We go because the pain is affecting our quality of life.
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