Natural Pain Relief May Require Making Some Changes

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

March 6th, 2011 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

Maybe you run in a circle of couch potatoes whose food groups consist of alcohol, sugar, fat, and chemicals. Maybe you live in a small town with nary a produce market, never mind cranio-sacral therapist or Reiki practitioner. Maybe you work at a job you hate with a boss you detest even more. Whatever the reason, natural pain relief may require making some changes in your life.

That’s because optimal natural pain relief stems from a mind-body-spirit alignment, ie, harmony in our lifestyle habits. If we’re not getting the right nutrition; if we’re not encouraged on our path; if we don’t have access to the resources we need; or if we’re in a daily situation that jacks up our stress levels, our ability to self-heal will be compromised. Meaning, it may be worth our while to make some changes – whether getting a new group of friends, moving to a bigger city, or changing jobs.

Of course, there are a million factors to take into consideration and balance out, as we reflect on whether to stay put or make some changes. We have to reflect on where we have a social network of people who help us; where we have affordable housing; where we get that paycheck. But always keep in mind that while you may not be able to make a full-on lifestyle transformation right now, there may be a few little steps you can take to encouraging natural pain relief.

If you don’t have friends into holistic health, join holistic health forums online, or go to some groups on topic. If you don’t have bodyworkers in your area, order a book about acupressure or energy healing, and teach yourself how to do it. If you can’t afford to leave your job right now, find ways to shift your relationship to it, or at least, find an outlet to vent your frustrations.

Just keep in mind that however difficult and challenging our set of choices may be, we always have the power to do at least a little something to shift our current circumstances. As long as we have access to the mighty internet, for example, we can have at least a few resources at our disposal, no matter where we live, and no matter how much money we have. Make sure to make the most of those resources.

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