I am working on my new programs helping people conquer chronic pain and wanted to get out some info I think will be helpful.
Often times when you experience an injury, you can have pain during your recovery or develop chronic pain, which can cause you to lose your Focus. You get mired down in your pain and lose sight of what your goals are. It is difficult “to see the light at the end of the tunnel”; to remember a time when you didn’t have pain.
As with many things in life, you have to Focus or re- focus what you think about or where you are concentrating your thoughts.
When I was battling my chronic pain as a result of a serious car accident, I finally determined I had had enough and was going to change my FOCUS and I developed different thinking patterns. Now Years after conquering my chronic pain I have crystalized my thoughts on how I accomplished changing my focus from being IN pain to BEING PAIN-FREE.
I will give some tips here about using your focus to improve your health & wellness and becoming pain-free.
Focus defined is state or condition permitting clear understanding or where we direct our attention.
Often times when you are in a state of Stress, anxiety or pain, we focus on the stress, anxiety or pain which, in turn, brings on more stress, anxiety and pain.
Our brain will give us more of what we focus on. Focus on stress, get more stress, focus on pain, get more pain.
As budha wrote; “We are a collection of our thoughts and our actions”. If this is true and we are currently, in the present, a collection of our thoughts and actions up to this point, and we do not like where we are, then we must, change our thoughts and actions from this point on. Whoa, that was a mouthful!
Sounds easier said than done, right?
In My CYP: Conquer Your Pain Formula Program I go the steps that I used to conquer my chronic pain.
Here is a useful tool that I developed to get you started. Use the acronym: F.O.C.U.S.
- F = Find yourself.
Be honest with where your are right now then, SET GOALS for where you want to be. Do yourself a favor and do not limit yourself
- O: Out look.
This may be one of the hardest steps which is to always have a positive outlook and a positive attitude. It can be a challenge but the more you focus on the having a positive outlook, the more things change for you.
- C: Commitment: “The achievement of your goals is assure the moment you fully commit yourself”
Once you have set your goals you must fully commit yourself and KNOW that you will reach them.
- U: Understanding:
This is about understanding yourself and realizing that we must focus on the present. Worrying about the past or stressing about what hasn’t happened yet takes away from our ability to focus on what is happening in the present
- S: Solutions:
Be Solution oriented. When you focus on problems, you get more problems. Try to see any difficulties you are having as challenges that you will overcome.
I have include just a few notes on each one. I could go into much greater depth on each topic and do in my program but I wanted to get some info out to you so you can get started on your way to improving your focus and improving your health and wellness.
I will attach a FREE pdf in this blog: A goals sheet. You can use it to write down some specific goals for yourself. DO yourself a favor. Print this sheet out, sit down with a pen, take 5-10 minutes and write down 5 specific goals and then take your first goal and plan out how you will reach that goal.
Thanks for taking the time out to read through my blog and I hope you take away something helpful from it.
Have a great day and remember.
BE MOTIVATED, BE POSITIVE, BE FOCUSED & BE WELL
Mark C. Marino, MAPT, CFMT
Owner: North Island Physical Therapy, PC
Founder: GateWell Strategies