Tool Seven

Learn relaxtion skills

Relaxation skills are very important for tense muscles in the body and for unwinding the mind.

Relaxtion could be:

  • Reading a book
  • Listening to some music
  • Gardening
  • Meeting friends for a coffee/tea
  • Going the cinema or a restaurant
  • Belly breathing (your health care professional can show you how)
  • Meditation
  • Dancing
  • Walking

Coping or self managing?

Coping with persistent pain can be like playing a game of snakes and ladders - a game of luck. Being an over achiever you can tend to do more on good days (climb the ladder) and on bad days, do less and return to bed. (This is like sliding down the snake). Self managing is taking positive, planned action which can reduce the ‘luck’ element in pain self management.

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