the price of pain

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Ask the Coach, Healthier Choices, Wellness | 0 comments

How long have you been living with chronic pain? Medically, pain is considered chronic when it has continued for six months or more. For me, I lived with mild chronic pain in my 20s, moderate chronic pain in my 30s, and serious chronic pain in my early 40s. I lived with it for so long that I had no idea this wasn’t how everyone felt!

I tell you this not to make you feel sorry for me, but to acknowledge that I KNOW how you may be feeling with pain. I think it’s important to feel personal connections, because living with pain can make us feel so isolated.

We each have our own story, and everyone also has a series of costs connected to that pain story. I started thinking about all this because I’ve recently been talking with a few clients about the price involved in living with chronic pain. What are the costs you can think of right away? Here are some that I came up with:

  • Time and money to see physicians and specialists (often more than one)
  • Time and money for managing medications (even with a pharmacy that delivers!)
  • Time and money for managing non-invasive or invasive treatment plans like cortisone shots and surgery
  • Hours of sleep lost (plus new mattresses bought just in case it was their fault and not the pain itself!)
  • Productivity at work lost (and the emotional price of worrying about job security)
  • Income lost due to short-term or long-term disability
  • Paid time off used (IF you have that job benefit)
  • Time with family lost or not enjoyed as you’d like
  • Time with friends lost or not enjoyed as you’d like
  • Costs of non-medical help like housekeeping, lawn mowing, etc.
  • Costs of integrative help like acupuncture, massage, counseling, etc.

What would you add to this list? (please comment below and let me know …)

At the height of my chronic pain (now a few years ago), I felt like managing my situation was an entire full-time job in itself. Plus, as an entrepreneur I didn’t have paid sick time or vacation time to help defray the costs of these hours. And I there’s also a long-term cost because I am now considered uninsurable for private health insurance.

Wouldn’t you agree that these are pretty strong motivators to find solutions and make changes? Well, that’s exactly how I felt and why I started looking at HOLISTIC PAIN RELIEF SOLUTIONS for my own situation.

Having always loved the field of nutrition and wellness, I became a certified holistic health coach to find solutions for myself. And that process has grown into an opportunity to find solutions for lots of people.

Rather than getting overwhelmed and frustrated, I would encourage you to reach out and learn more about my Unlock the Puzzle of PainTM process.

It focuses on FIVE IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:

  1. High Quality Food / Nutrition
  2. Gluten Elimination
  3. Essentials (Sleep, for example)
  4. Detox & Movement
  5. Outside Care

If you’re like me, you’ve tried ON YOUR OWN to incorporate all of these elements in your life. And if you’re also like me, the results are kind of spotty. Having a Holistic Pain Relief Coach gives you support AND lots of great information and guidance!

Let’s get acquainted with a Fresh Start Phone Call, and see if I can help you unlock the puzzle of pain and get confident in your body!

 

Do you just wish you could find a set of realistic, holistic tools you can put in practice that will minimize your pain and maximize your energy? Download my free PDF report to learn 17 EASY WAYS TO START MINIMIZING PAIN TODAY!

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An 11 hour day—am I crazy?

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Ask the Coach, Wellness | 0 comments

Last week, I worked an intentional 11 hour day in my office for the first time in over four years. It’s not that I HAD to work 11 hours – hey, I’m an entrepreneur – I CHOSE to work 11 hours. I control my schedule, and after a full week off getting rejuvenated and inspired I figured I could handle it. And handle it I did!

I spent the day with seven fantastic clients who all (as always) gave me the opportunity to get paid for doing what I love. That’s the joy and blessing of my career choices. And then I went outside to enjoy my beautiful spring garden too!

I have always loved irises ... so excited to have them in my garden now!

I have always loved irises … so excited to have them in my garden now!

Now, think back four years with me … to a time when I was tired and hurting. I probably spent just five or six hours in the office during those days. And when I got home the couch had a spot ready and waiting for my rear end! I was still exercising, but honestly it wasn’t fun in the least. I thought I was eating in a healthy way, but we also loved our junk food and didn’t admit how often we ate it!

Even after a diagnosis that explained why everything hurt and why I was so tired, it took quite a while to start seeing improvements. And let me tell you—there were no 11 hour days on my calendar!

So how did I go from my couch to a very full day with my clients? I made an intentional change in my life by becoming a holistic health coach. This was as much to learn for me as it was to enhance my career. I learned an incredible amount about anti-inflammatory changes to make, and have been teaching clients what I learned ever since!

I have put the five pieces of the puzzle together for you in my Unlock the Puzzle of PainTM Process. Working together we break each of these modules down into bite-size pieces based on your needs!

High Quality Food: This means that each bite I take in needs to have as much nutritional benefit for my body as possible. It means minimizing processed foods (anything from bags and boxes) and increasing whole, fresh, and organic foods. It’s understanding the role of healthy fats and natural alternatives to white sugar.

Gluten Elimination: This means understanding the role gluten (and the grains that contain it) plays in our pain. It means finding alternatives to every day foods like breakfast cereal that are both high quality and gluten free. I break down and decipher the scientific information for you. This can be done as a process over time, but it’s the single most vital part of the system.

Essentials: This means learning how to increase the quantity and quality of sleep, learning how best to hydrate, plus addressing the emotional issues that occur when we are living in chronic pain. These may not be nutritional elements, but they are definitely issues that either increase or decrease our energy!

Detox & Movement: If you take medication or are still in the process of improving your food nutrient quality, daily habits that enhance your body’s natural detoxification are critical to your success. This also means understanding how best to support your digestive system.

Outside Care: For a lot of us this means asking for help from family and close friends. It also means learning what other types of healing practices (massage, acupuncture, etc.) can best support our progress.

I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to heal my life and my pain. And I don’t intend to stop at 11 hour days, but to share what I have learned with you!

 

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Do you just wish you could find a set of realistic, holistic tools you can put in practice that will minimize your pain and maximize your energy? Download my free PDF report to learn 17 EASY WAYS TO START MINIMIZING PAIN TODAY!

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lessons in delegation

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Entrepreneurial Ideas, Wellness | 0 comments

Or … how to leave town just when the construction starts …

My beautiful, peaceful massage treatment room had undergone some big changes since last summer. The neighbors in my office building moved out, and an active dental practice moved into their space. So during much of last year, my clients and I listened to construction noises. And then—thankfully—the construction was completed! But (and there’s always a but, right?) the room directly on the opposite side of the massage treatment room was the mechanical room for the dental practice.

This meant that a compressor went off for a minute or two randomly during the day. Turns out it was about 4 feet from my clients’ heads … during this time they set aside to get relaxed, peaceful and find some pain relief! Every single client was kind and graceful about the noise … so maybe it was me that experienced all the stress. I tend to take things personally in my business … I want to offer the best experience possible for each and every client. That’s my joy in this career!

Looks peaceful, right?

Looks peaceful, right?

As you can imagine, I reached out to the landlords to request some help. And it turns out that because of the mechanical and plumbing work on the opposite side of the wall, all soundproofing construction activity had to happen in my office space. Yikes! But fortunately, I had plans to be out of the office for an entire week. Perfect! We planned to do the soundproofing construction while I was gone.

Sounds fabulous right? Not for an entrepreneur used to having her fingers in pretty much every task of her business. I have essentially run my business on my own for the last ten years, only occasionally asking for help. However, my 2013 goal is to find ways to effectively delegate and outsource tasks. Why? Because lowering my stress levels by asking for help is a better way to manage the chronic pain in my body … not to mention a better way to manage life in general!

If you live with chronic pain, you may have become accustomed to asking for help. I have no trouble asking someone to lift heavy boxes … but letting a construction event happen in my absence was truly scary for me. This is big lesson for a lot of entrepreneurs—maybe even you!

Here’s what I did: I trusted the people involved. I stepped away after putting the plan in order. I focused on what I needed most—inspiration and rejuvenation (which cannot be delegated).

And I am here to say I survived. The soundproofing work is complete. I spent a week being inspired by sunrises, new ideas and fabulous people. The biggest noise in my massage treatment room is my loud sigh of relief.

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Do you just wish you could find a set of realistic, holistic tools you can put in practice that will minimize your pain and maximize your energy? Download my free PDF report to learn 17 EASY WAYS TO START MINIMIZING PAIN TODAY!

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