Change Your Mind about Your Pain

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

March 14th, 2011 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

If you change your mind about your pain, you just might change your life. The basic idea is to stop focusing on what you can’t do and start focusing on what you can do – and how.

For example, maybe you can’t walk around a supermarket picking up groceries, but that doesn’t need to mean you can’t shop. If you call customer service and explain your situation, they might be willing to round up the items for you and let you just come in to pay for the goods. That arrangement can leave you feeling more independent as well as better-fed – in turn perking up your mood and reducing your stress.

Maybe you can’t open jars without triggering wrist pain, but if you get one of those jar-opening gadgets, you just might be able to dig in for some pickles on your own. Maybe you can’t risk going to nightclubs because there may not be a chair available, and you can’t stand without pain. But if you buy one of those light camper chair thingamadoogees, you can carry your seat around with you — freeing you up to go where you want.

Maybe you think you can’t dance. But if you move in the safety of your living room and find the parts of your body that can dance without pain, you just might find the pain-free zones expanding — until, one day, your whole body is a pain-free zone.

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