Mend your mind: mindfulness for chronic pain

Mend your mind: mindfulness for chronic pain

Guest blogger: Stefanie Remson
2 minute read

Mindfulness is so important with arthritis and any chronic pain.

I’m sure you have heard this MANY times before… but what the HECK is mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is a human ability to be completely present and focus on one thing.

It’s the ability to not overreact, become overwhelmed, or completely withdraw from this one thing that is going on around us.

It’s the ability to acknowledge that things are happening around us and not TO US. 

Yes – this is ability, NOT a superpower! It is already inside of you! You just have to find it.  

So much of the time, the anxiety, fatigue, and unknown of arthritis take up more mental real-estate than we like to admit.

The ability to be mindful can provide much needed peace and freedom in day-to-day living.

Once you master this, you will better allot that mental space for things that really need your time and attention. 

 

Tips for mindfulness

 

Feelings as vibrations 

Feeling, such as sadness, anger, elation, and hunger, are simply that – feelings.

They are programmed to alert their human system to take action and do something to alleviate this feeling.

They do not hurt us. They do not damage us.

They are simply vibrations, or wavelengths, that travel through our body to communicate something.

Feelings are unspoken words. 

 

Pause. Stop. Take a break

As with all things in life, everything works better if you unplug it, turn it off, take out the batteries, or let it rest for a while. 

 

Meditate

Just 10 minutes a day is all you need to clear your head, re-group, and re-focus. 

 

Turn off your screens

Turn off your TV, phone, Ipad, tablet, watches… etc…. Etc… ETC.

Disconnect!

Sometimes a “hard reset” is all that humans need!

 

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