Chronic pain can take many forms, from arthritis to headaches, to back pain. In our modern society, physical pain is considered to be more “real” and more “serious” than emotional pain, and maybe this is why our emotional hurt take a path through our physical body.
Chronic pain, in whatever form, often results from chronic stress and an inner negative voice. Sometimes these stress and negativity patterns can be so chronic within ourselves that they are nearly impossibly to detect, because they simply are who we are. It can be difficult to identify, and we think that’s just how I am instead of asking what we can change.
Our chronically pessimistic outlooks can become automatic. Inwardly criticizing other people. Always responding with anger when upset. Thinking that things will never work out. Fearing the worst.
One example of chronic pain that unfortunately many people experience is back pain. Our spine is a component of our body that supports us and allows the flow of energy and information up and down our body. Our spine is our ability to stand up for ourselves, to carry our own weight in this world. When our spine begins to feel chronic pain, we can look to our stress and attitudes in these areas. Can I make it on my own? Can I take care of myself? Can I earn a living and provide for myself? Can I handle the demands of the relationships in my life?
When you make the decision to end the chronic pain in your life, start by examining your inner beliefs and attitudes. Look carefully at sources of stress in your life, both internally and externally. Make changes that reduce the stress you take on, and work to change your inner voice to something more positive.
Adopt an anti-inflammatory diet that works for you. That probably means greatly reducing your sugar intake, eliminating refined and processed foods and looking out for industrial oils. Some may benefit from taking dairy and gluten out of their diet. Some do well on a diet low in animal products, while others feel better reducing grains. Nightshade vegetables may trigger pain for some individuals. Keeping a food diary is a good way to track what you are eating and what symptoms you are experiencing.
Only when psychological, emotional and dietary problems are resolved is chronic pain able to improve. Pain is our body trying to communicate something to us. By listening carefully, we can hear and understand the message, and choose to make changes that allow us to recover.