One of the most recommended ways to manage pain is to change how much attention you give to it.
Paying attention to pain, amplifies the pain and increases the tendency for negative thinking.
Just like a kid screaming for candy at the store. If you always buy the child candy (in this case, pain) when they scream, they’ll continue to scream each time you take them to the store until they get candy.
Five ways to reduce your focus on chronic pain
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Have the thought without buying the thought
It’s easy for our mind to wander and lose touch with the things we enjoy.
Mindfulness has shown to reduce anxiety and stress while improving mood and pain acceptance. It redirects the mind from the wandering negative thoughts in our head so we can enjoy the present with no judgement, rumination or worry about the pain. It simply asks us to become aware of our senses and free our mind.
We can practice mindfulness when simply taking a deep breath by focusing on the breath, how we breath, and what the air feels like coming in and out of our bodies. We can also practice mindfulness when listening, walking, or doing simple things like playing with our pets. Best yet, it’s free and requires no special equipment.
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