Adult Coloring for Chronic Pain or Illness

  Adult coloring is all the rage right now. People living with pain should definitely explore this new fad as coloring can provide incredible relaxation and allow one to temporarily forget about physical pain. Not to mention that scientists have found that coloring actually quiets the part of the brain, the amygdala, that causes stress and is often activated when we are distressed by our pain. A recent Huffington Post … Continue reading Adult Coloring for Chronic Pain or Illness

Insight Meditation App – Chronic Pain & Illness Group

Recently I created a “Chronic Pain & Illness Meditation” group on the free “Insight Guided Meditations” app. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Insight app, it is a well-respected and popular meditation app. I literally give this app the credit for helping me to become a dedicated daily meditator. The app has a meditation timer as well as numerous guided meditations, including many … Continue reading Insight Meditation App – Chronic Pain & Illness Group

Meditating has drastically improved how I am able to handle Chronic Pain

I posted back in September that I had completed a 21-day meditation challenge. Now I can proudly, and more importantly, gratefully, say I have completed a solid 6-months of daily meditation practice. I continue to reap the benefits of using meditation to deal with the challenges of chronic pain. The challenge is to put into words how exactly meditation has specifically helped me manage my daily pain. … Continue reading Meditating has drastically improved how I am able to handle Chronic Pain

What helped me succeed at my 21-day Meditation Challenge

As of today I completed my 21-day meditation challenge and I succeeded! Honestly a huge part of me didn’t think I would, due to how many times I have attempted to maintain a regular meditation practice and not followed through. I think the 6-step approach that I laid out in my blog post 21 days ago really assisted me in successfully meditating for the past 21 … Continue reading What helped me succeed at my 21-day Meditation Challenge

21-Day Meditation Challenge for those with Chronic Pain

Despite research showing that mindfulness-based meditation is very beneficial for those of us dealing with chronic pain/illness, I have yet to maintain a daily committed meditation practice.  I have definitely tried…I have taken meditation classes through the pain clinic at my local hospital, as well as online classes, I have mindfulness apps on my phone, I have chronic pain mediation CDs, YouTube mindfulness videos favourited, and … Continue reading 21-Day Meditation Challenge for those with Chronic Pain

When Pain Flare-ups Cause Panic

Tomorrow my boyfriend arrives to visit me. He lives a 12-hour drive away from me and comes to visit every two to three weeks. Normally I would be very excited but I am in panic because I am having a major pain flare-up. I am mad that my pain has flared right before he is coming. My mind races about how disappointed he will be … Continue reading When Pain Flare-ups Cause Panic