It’s easy to let our emotions take over and have negative thoughts. These thoughts, however, tend to reinforce the pain and increase suffering.
When you start to think negatively, ask yourself if the thoughts are realistic and if the help or hurt your pain?
AND PLEASE, stay away from negative people and don’t share your pain. It’s okay to talk about chronic pain occasionally in a general or educational sense just like we do any other topic in a conversation. Our emotions stay in check. What’s not okay is “stinking thinking” – verbally expressing pain, focusing on it, complaining about it, wallowing in it, or placing blame for it.
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