How to give yourself a positive mindset with back pain?

Yes I work the body to help back pain – but I also coach my clients on their mindset and how this can help massively with recovery. 

Maintaining a positive mindset while dealing with back pain can be challenging, but it’s important for your overall well-being. Here are some strategies to help cultivate a positive outlook:

  1. Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness can help calm your mind and reduce stress, which can exacerbate pain.
  2. Focus on What You Can Control: While you may not have control over the pain itself, you can control how you respond to it. This includes your attitude, self-care routines, and seeking appropriate medical help.
  3. Set Realistic Goals: Break tasks into manageable steps. Celebrate small achievements, even if it’s just getting through a day with less discomfort.
  4. Maintain a Support System: Surround yourself with understanding and empathetic people who can provide emotional support. Share your feelings and concerns with them.
  5. Positive Affirmations: Use positive self-talk to counter negative thoughts. Remind yourself of your strengths and capabilities.
  6. Engage in Activities that Bring Joy: Even with limitations, find activities that you enjoy and can do comfortably. This can boost your mood and sense of well-being.
  7. Practice Gratitude: Focus on what you’re thankful for, even during challenging times. It can shift your perspective and improve your overall outlook.
  8. Seek Professional Help: If your pain is causing significant emotional distress, consider speaking with a mental health professional who can provide coping strategies and support.
  9. Stay Informed and Empowered: Educate yourself about your condition, treatment options, and self-care techniques. Understanding can help reduce anxiety and give you a sense of control.
  10. Adopt a Positive Lifestyle: Aim for a balanced diet, regular exercise (within the limits recommended by your healthcare provider), and sufficient sleep. These factors can contribute to a more positive mindset.

    Celebrate Progress: Acknowledge any improvements, no matter how small. Recognizing progress can help maintain a positive outlook.

Remember that it’s okay to have moments of frustration or sadness. Acknowledge your feelings, but try to shift your focus back to positive thoughts and actions. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to seek support from healthcare professionals, friends, or family members.

And if your friends and family don’t get you – I have 26 Elite members who all do my pilates coaching for their own rehab reasons who will absolutely get you and understand your struggles. Shout if you want to know more.

Kim x

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