Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pained Slayer Series: Avoiding Lock-down

A New Year’s Wish for Fellow Pain Warriors

I posted this article from my website on my Facebook Page and I received a comment that spirited me to share it here on my blog.

“Excellent advice, I M going to rely on in 2018...
and [it] will help to organize me, starting now.”

I hadn’t thought of it as a way to start the New Year, but now I can’t think of a better way. You remind me to take year-end inventory on myself. Thank you!

We can become overwhelmed because of chronic pain. It affects not just our body; it also affects our relationships, our self-talk, our energy, our ability to socialize, our pocketbook, and our self-esteem. We all need reminders to help us avoid the negativity that chronic pain and illness can sometimes create.


·        Give yourself time.
·        Solicit help from friends and family on semi-days.
·        Make a new friend.
·        Smile at a stranger.
·        Do something nice for someone else for which you are not paid.
·        Identify and manage perpetuating factors.
·        Avoid known stressors, especially during a critical period.
·        Remember, you are not alone.
·        Engrave this on your forehead-STCF
o   Some things can't be fixed.
·        When you can do something, do it.
o   Set reasonable goals.
o   Re-evaluate periodically.
o   Upgrade or downgrade goals as necessary.
o   Avoid making excuses.
o   Use up time effectively without overdoing.
·        Put your physical needs in perspective.
o   Pay attention to your posture.
o   Avoid repetitive movements.
o   How much is too much?
o   How much is not enough?
o   Set aside rest periods.
·        Practice your affirmations. 
·        Exercise your brain regularly with number or word games.


·        Organize.
o   Keep frequently used items in your personal space.
o   Put things back from where they came.
o   Write things down, in the same place.
o   Develop and in-out rule, something new in, something old out.
·        Get a second opinion.
·        Solicit help when needed.
·        Help others when you can, sometimes it’s just listening.
·        When the opportunity presents itself, take out the mental trash.
o   Replace no's with yes', can't with try, won't with will.
o   Remember TTT – Things Take Time.
o   Mediate.
·        Enjoy the wait.
o   Arrive at doctor appointments early-take a book you have been wanting to read but haven’t had the time.
o   Make a list of words you would like to use for a word wall like the one here on the welcome page.
·        Recognize opportunity when it knocks.
·        Know your inbox!
·        Don't be a clutter bug.
·        Don't pay tomorrow for a hamburger today.
·        Enjoy a birth every day, a flower, a baby, a friendship, a kind word.
·        Laugh out loud. 
·        When things get tough, remember… 
"This too shall pass" 

 In healing,,Celeste

Celeste Cooper / Author, Freelancer, Advocate

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