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The Importance of Being Positive To Relieve Pain - Part 2

By Cathy Posner

In a previous article I spoke about how a positive attitude

can help you manage your arthritis pain.

I suggested you get yourself a book on Positive Thinking. If

you haven't got one yet, please do so. Most are not

expensive and will certainly be of great benefit to you.

Did you try my suggestion about thinking back to when you

did not have arthritis? Have you tried that technique and

had any results yet? If you haven't had any results please

persevere - it may take time. By the way you will need to

continue practicing this technique EVERY DAY. Its power is

in the reinforcing effect it has on the subconscious.

One of the worst aspects of constant pain is the way it

affects your attitude. The feelings of anxiety and negativity

"why did it happen to me feeling helpless and feeling like

you can't cope.

You might feel like you have lost control of your life and

have difficulty concentrating. And the worst part is because

these feelings are so powerful they continue to feed on


But the feelings of positive thinking can be more powerful.

You have it within you to overcome all the negativity and

feelings of inadequacy. You are a very powerful person and

it is within you to do it. How?

I have already suggested getting a book on Positive Thinking

and how to get the image in your mind of when you were pain


Sometimes a little help from other sources is beneficial.

You might like to consider glucosamine? Glucosamine is

reported to be benefiting arthritis sufferers by reducing joint pain.

Information about glucosamine can be found by simply clicking

on the link at the end of this article and then following

the links on the home page.

Other things you can do:

- Talk to people who have a positive attitude - their

approach to life will rub off and help you.

- Don't talk about how bad you feel or how bad your pain is.

When you are talking to someone and they ask how you are,

tell them how great you feel.

I have a friend who when asked how he is, always replies

"fantastic". I have never seen him down or unhappy because

his reply triggers his subconscious mind into making his

body respond to feel "fantastic". Try it - it works.

- When you get out of bed every morning say out loud, "I

feel fantastic today, I am going to have a great day".

Repeat this 5 - 10 times and do it at least 5 - 6 times

every day. You will be surprised the effect this will have

on you.

By the way don't say anything like "I won't have any pain

today". See what it does - just the very mention of that

word makes you conscious of it. Avoid thinking about it or

using the word.

- When you go to bed at night, say out loud (in your mind is

OK if you are going to disturb someone) "I am going to have

a peaceful, restful night and wake up in the morning feeling


- Avoid talking to negative people. This can sometimes be

difficult if they are friends or relatives but steer the

conversation to how you want it. Be positive, talk about

good things, talk about things you have enjoyed. Take

control of the conversation. You may be surprised at how

their attitude will change.

- Try and do some easy exercise. Go for a walk - even if

it's only a short distance. Each day try to do a little more,

it doesn't have to be much more but it gives you a sense

of achievement, a positive feeling. And don't worry if you

don't do what you set out to do - forget it. You can't

change what's happened - look forward to to-morrow. Exercise

also has the benefit of building up natural chemicals in the

body that give you feelings of wellbeing.

- If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts or

something is bothering you say to yourself "STOP and then

concentrate on something good or nice or pleasurable. Very

soon just thinking "STOP will trigger an immediate change

in your thoughts.

- Inject a little humor into your life every day. As they

say "laughter is the best medicine". If you have a favorite

comedy show make sure you watch it - if you don't, find one

that you like. Get a book of jokes. Make sure you read some

of it everyday.

If you just do some of these things you will feel so much

better but put your heart into them. Believe that they will

work because they do. If you do all of them then I admire

you but whatever you do please do something. Nothing will

change unless you make it change.

About The Author
Cathy Posner is an arthritis sufferer and lives in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia. Her website is as a result of personal research and where arthritis sufferers can find up-to-date advice and information on arthritis pain relief.

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