Depressed? Discouraged? I get discouraged with my chronic pain. Do you? As I continue in my search for relief from pain, especially back pain, I find new and interesting options. I found three ways that we can start fighting depression naturally.
The following three concepts are ones that I am investigating. I plan to do a more in depth review of these once I have experienced them further. But I didn’t want to wait till I understood them fully. That may take some time, and I want to feel better right now. And I want you to feel better too. Read further for options that might help you.
And note here: These options take effort on your part. I am a huge proponent of taking action and responsibility for my health and pain management. If you want to get better, feel better, and have a better quality of life, you must make it happen!
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. Tapping is what you do with your hands. Based on the acupuncture points in the body, this process uses the tapping technique to stimulate those points and to assist the body and mind toward balance and health. People claim that this process can do amazing things. There are several helpful videos I found on YouTube that explain the process and show the points. They explain it better than I can. See these links; How to Tap With Jessica Otner, and How to Do EFT Tapping For Beginners.
Apparently sometime in the 1990s Gary Craig developed this method. It has been revamped over the years. There are now programs for individuals to become certified in this program. But I found out about it through a friend at church. She says that an individual can perform the process on oneself. She has been very helpful in teaching me and answering my questions. I have used it to overcome the extreme fatigue I experienced after my hospitalization and to make a decision about future commitments. I was pleasantly surprised of the results. I plan to continue the practice for my buttock pain and the illness that put me in the hospital. I am slowly becoming a believer. After I have used the practice more, I will report further.
A note of concern though. As a Christian, I am always wary of practices that take away from my worship of God. So I was pleased to find out from my friend that there is a book written by a Christian called EFT for Christians by Sherrie Rice Smith.
I do encourage you to check out the links above to learn how to do this process.
I’m excited about this! ACPA stands for American Chronic Pain Association. All along in this pain journey I have promoted finding a community that supports your journey of pain. During my research I came upon this organization. One of their tools is that having a support system in place actually helps us feel better. Here is their link to ACPA. I recommend you spend some time reading through their site. You won’t feel so alone. Someone out there understands what you are going through.
I have begun by to reaching out to them to start a support group in my area. You can too. Or go on their website to see if there is a support group in your area. They are a nonprofit group. They do receive tax deductible donations. I love that their mission is to help people like you and me with our pain struggles. That is why I wanted to feature them in this article.
The organization promotes community, educational programs and provides (for a fee) materials like Pain Logs, pain evaluation sheets, relaxations techniques and much more. There are webinars and an events calendar. It appears you can get as involved as much or as little as you want.
This is an app for which I paid. Although I have hit a bump in using it, I still have had some experience with it. (The bump was spending 4 days in the hospital with a different medical issue. It has left me without much energy and strength.) The philosophy here is that movement, stretches and exercise will help you feel better. This is also a concept I have been promoting throughout my website. Their app is free for 7 days for you to try out, then $79.99 for a year. I decided to pay because I wanted to experience it to the fullest. I wanted to see if it would help my pain, and if so, then I could recommend it to you.
Not only do they have a section for exercise, which is tailored to your situation, but they also have a knowledge section and a breathing section. Each day you are given a few minutes of all three. You can choose how long to make the knowledge section and then get on with your exercises. Right now, mine are taking about 15 minutes. I don’t know if they increase in time. Lastly you spend a few minutes in learning breathing exercises. These three concepts have been shown to provide relief and help to pain sufferers. Kaia has the science to back this up. Here is a link to their website. You can also check the app store for the downloadable app and give it a try.
This concept that they use of knowledge, movement and breathing are three of the many techniques I have found helpful. I did research to find this information. I am presenting this information to you to save you some time. I urge you to get going on doing something and this Kaia app is a good place to start. It’s easy. But will provide you with some hope for relief. As of this writing, I do not receive any monetary wage from the recommendation of the Kaia app.
Want relief? Then do something about it! You really do have to help yourself. Hopefully one or two or all three of these recommendations will help you. Please comment about any thoughts or reactions to this article. Thank you.
I do not receive any compensation for the recommendations here. I provide this information in hopes it helps you in your pain suffering.
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