https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/well/mind/radical-acceptance-suffering.html So radical acceptance sounds like something I would say as a kid. 'Totally Radical, man'. And when I read about the concept it actually is something I haven't been shown how to do by a psychologist but rather something I have taught myself to do over the years with chronic pain. I like to … Continue reading Radical acceptance with chronic pain and illness
I always want to explore my psychological, mental, emotional strengths or how to develop them with chronic pain. And there is a reason behind that. I am quite aware that medication doesn't just resolve pain. In fact, it really doesn't do that much for me. I have to do a whole lot of other things … Continue reading Battling chronic pain with positive psychology and cultivating character strengths
I know with chronic pain we can get tired. Damn exhausted. It seems like we are in a continuous battle. Every day we wake up to a new battle. And sometimes we feel like we are not coping with the pain well. That we are not strong enough for this onslaught. I get that. I … Continue reading Chronic pain: How far you have come
I don't like this term people put on the chronically ill or people with chronic pain. You're so brave. I don't know, it seems like a word inflicted upon people with chronic pain when people do not get it. They do not get that there were two roads diverging in the woods; they took the … Continue reading Chronic pain: Who am I?
So I have learned a lot of painful lessons from pain, the hard way, more than once, because that is how I roll. Here are something I had to figure out. Organization I know you may not think this but I am an insanely disorganized, cluttered, absentminded person. None of which I have a problem … Continue reading What lessons chronic pain has taught me
Emotions are a completely normal experience of pain. And in high pain, it is normal to feel anger or sadness. This is because pain, in the brain, is in a circuit with our emotional center. Pain incites an emotional response. The last long stretch of brutal 9 level morning migraines had me feeling irritated and … Continue reading Chronic pain and the emotions