Health is Wealth

So often we can focus on what we don’t want in life:

“I don’t want to get ill”

“I don’t want this pain”

“I can’t afford to become unwell at the moment”

From this mindset we can easily focus and study the very thing that we don’t want, thinking that it is a productive thing to do.

For example:

– Have back pain and then start learning all about the structure of the back and back pain stories.

– Have stomach problems and then start focusing on all things stomach and digestion related.

However, what I suggest instead, is to study the very opposite, focusing on what you do want in life …..

Wealth instead of debt

Happiness instead of depression

Calmness instead of anxiety

Health instead of pain / illness

In my own personal study of health, I have found a tool that can be used to promote this healthy thinking, named JEM!

This is a real game changer and I suggest that you do it daily, for maximum benefit:

J  –  Journal – What this means is, write down your thoughts, then rip the paper up and throw it away.
The practice is clearing the clutter out of your mind, it’s better out than in, and doing it this way, allows you to be as brutally honest as you want, without any judgement.

E  – Exercise – This is an intimidating and boring word for a lot of people, so if it helps, use the word movement or activity instead.
Research tells us that we are more likely to stick with something if we enjoy it, so find something which moves your body and that you enjoy

M  – Meditate – This does not mean that you have to become a Buddhist monk, just work on a state of mindlessness.
A good way of doing that is to focus completely on your breath, the breath is always the present moment, so if we can anchor to the breath (now) we will stop ruminating on past events or on concerns about the future.

Back to Basics

One of the greatest human inventions is the automobile.

This invention has allowed us to travel the world, to transport goods, to deliver aid and many other uses.

But with all of these great benefits, there are unfortunately, some negatives, such as when they stop working!

If you think of a Motorbike for example, if this was to malfunction, there really could be 101 differing diagnoses depending on the expert / mechanic you talk to …

Some diagnoses could be expensive, some could be time consuming and others may completely misdiagnose.

But ultimately, a petrol engine only needs three elements to function:

Fuel

Air

… and a spark

So if a Petrol engine is not running, it is really recommended that the basics are checked first, to prevent expense and potential prolonged pain of not having any transport.

This is also very true with regards to the human body, when experiencing any physical symptom, always go back to basics e.g.:

Sleep

Hydration / Nutrition

Emotion State

Of course, I am not saying do not seek medical help, but you could save yourself some time by investigating the quality of the above three areas of your life first.

Instant Back Pain Cure

INSTANT, FAST, QUICK, these are all words that are familiar to us in the modern day, as we have all built an expectancy to have our needs met in a very timely manner.

… And of course why should we not!

We have Fast Food, Instant Drinks, Fast Cars and Fast Technology. 

So why is it that Pain cannot be cured instantly?

Don’t get me wrong, medication can mask symptoms quickly and other treatments can ease them, but curing long term Back Pain instantly is an illusion. 

We have all been brain washed to believe that our health is controlled by external factors and that we can all be cured now!

This is all so understandable, as I too have seen the cleverly marketed Paracetamol ‘curing’ Pill for Back Pain and the 10 minute “AB device” advert between my “Only Fools and Horses” marathon. 

In my opinion, Health is an inside job, and so is the healing of Back Pain.

The moment you make the shift from looking externally to looking within, you will make progress and true recovery from your Back Pain.

Lee
www.gopaingo.com

Check-In To 2017

At certain points in time, events or people can prompt us to reflect.

For me, like lots of other people, it is the coming to the end of a year and what a year 2016 has been.

2016 has been my first year as a Pain Relief Coach and I am feeling really privileged to have helped many clients who were victims of chronic pain to become pain free.

In addition, on a more personal note, I married in October.

As wonderful as the day was, it also primed up some family issues that provided me with an opportunity to face and resolve some old buried negative emotions.

I remember a month before my wedding experiencing some neck and shoulder pain and also the feeling of it dissolving once the day had arrived.

This pain provided me with great insight into the turbulence that life changes can bring and the importance of “checking in” with ourselves frequently.

The process of “checking in” is very simple, if you are experiencing pain or tension, then just ask yourself the following two questions:

1.What is going on right now or in the near future?

2.How do I feel about this?

Your answers to the above questions will provide you with insight into the potential source of your pain/tension.

With this knowledge you can then try and find a way to make this change more comfortable, which in turn will help you to reduce/resolve your pain.

Happy New Year from Go Pain Go!

Lee

www.gopaingo.com

3 ways to Stay In Pain

Number One – “Ignore the pain”:

Pain is always a message that something is wrong.

If everything is OK structurally with your body then there is something in your life that needs addressing.

However, what we tend to do is mask the message with Pain killers and carry on with life.

Of course there is a place for Pain Relief medication, but should it be part of your daily routine for the rest of your life?

I suggest, using Pain as a message from your unconscious that something in your life is not how you want it to be!

Number Two – “Keep doing the same thing”:

If you want a different result then you are going to have to take a different approach.

If you are in Chronic Pain then keep looking for different options / alternative therapies, until you find something that works for you.

Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results” – Albeit Einstein

Number Three – “Put yourself last”:

This is a great way to stay in Pain!

Often we put others needs before our own.

But in reality to be in a good position to help others, we must first be well and healthy ourselves.

So invest in your health!

It is so easy to make excuses e.g. lack of time or money.

However, we are talking about our health, the most precious gift!

Everything is affected by health, so prioritise it above everything.

“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live” – Jim Rohn

Tony Robbins Quote

Check In

To simplify I work with people who are in one place (pain), and want to be in a new place (out of pain).

We can easily compare this journey to flying a plane to a new destination.

No plane journey is straight forward for a pilot; he or she takes into account all the variables which affect the planes course including wind speed, direction, weather conditions, temperature and the weight of the plane.

They constantly check-in with the instrument gauges and may make adjustments which keep the plane on the course that they need to be on.

This metaphor is relevant to being on a journey of pain recovery.

First you decide and commit to the journey and whilst on that journey, you may very well need to check in and make any changes that are going to promote your recovery.

Be a pilot with your health and don’t be disheartened if you have to make some adjustments along the way.

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AAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH

As humans we know how important venting is.

That’s why buildings have air bricks fitted and engines have breathers fitted to allow the engine to vent.

If these things were not put in place then wooden floors would rot and engines would blow gaskets.

The animal kingdom appears to use this principle more instinctively, when a zebra has narrowly missed death from a lion, it will shake, twitch and jump around, venting and discharging the emotional charge.

However, when it comes to us living in the modern world, we don’t often take the time to vent and discharge from what is bothering us.

Instead we tend to bottle it all up until dis-ease or pain strikes.

Allow a little time to each day to acknowledge how you are feeling and vent the tension in any way you know how.

A few ideas are kick, scream, punch, write, draw, ring a towel, talk or run.

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Life is not fair

Out of all the days, the mother of a friend of mine died on Mother’s day.

This got me thinking, life really doesn’t except should and shouldn’t of…….things just happen …………

It might sound a bit doom and gloom, but as a Pain Relief Coach, you do notice that a lot of physical tension is caused by people trying to control outcomes or more specifically, people struggling to let go of control.

As you can imagine, trying to control things that cannot be controlled will cause tension.

In acknowledging that life is not fair and that things just happen, this will make a big step towards you letting go of control and in turn positively affecting your health.

Dr Lipton’s quote emphasises this perfectly:

The moment you change your perceptions is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body

What’s stopping you?

“Eat less and exercise more” is often the advice given for weight loss.

If only it was that simple and our minds were that robotic!

The reality is that we are illogical beings who are easily conditioned, have different personalities and who often find change scary and challenging.

In my opinion, the reason why weight loss is difficult for some people is the many attachments they placed on food.

For example, it often appears to be more about how food makes us feel rather than the nutritional content that drives us to eat.

In addition to feelings, unconscious beliefs also play a large part in why we choose certain foods and the amounts we consume….

As an example of this, I once met a lady who really struggled to lose weight. She tried every diet, recruited the best personal trainers but still she could not achieve any long lasting results. But when this lady finally reflected and tapped into her unconscious mind, she realised that it was her anxiety that was holding her back, as she believed that if she lost weight then she would become more attractive to men thus potentially putting her cherished relationship with her loving husband in jeopardy.

The same approach can be applied to pain, where if we tap into our unconscious we tend to discover unconscious beliefs/thoughts that are preventing the pain to go, for example:

I have not worked in years; I’m worried that I may not be able to do my job now?

I really did not enjoy my job; I don’t want to go back!

Would my partner give me less attention?

If I am no longer a Chronic Pain sufferer, who am I?

So I urge you to also reflect on all of the possible undercover reasons that maybe holding you back from being pain free……

As a little awareness can often pave the way for life changing results!

Time doesn’t heal shit!

Personally I believe that the saying ‘time is the greatest healer’ is a total myth.

The truth is that time does not heal, but taking action and working through stuff does!

To prove my point, I recently read a case study about a 76 year old woman who was having hypnosis for anxiety.

The skilled hypnosis gently regressed the lady back to the start of her problems, where she was just 4 years old, being abused by a family member.

Suddenly the lady became overwhelmed with intense emotion and felt how she would have as a 4yr old.

This lady had never experienced these emotions as a girl; she had instead frozen them and locked them deep into her unconscious mind and went through life, avoiding certain situations and having unexplained physical symptoms.

So time did not make a single bit of difference to this lady’s healing of her trauma!

As children we often don’t have the resources to deal with and work through extreme negative emotions. However, as adults we have a responsibility towards our own health and well-being.

As the famous psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden said:

The first step toward change is awareness, the second step is acceptance.

Moving forward I invite you to speak to your loved ones, friends, colleagues or even a stranger about something that is bothering you . . . .

Because guess what?

Life’s too short to carry around unnecessary baggage.

Try it, I guarantee you will feel lighter.