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Here is a simple process, break negative habits with constant reinforcement of a more positive attitude. Can you complete the Stop Thought Viruses Challenge? It may change your outlook on life, plus help you to change your pain states.

Program Guidelines

1) Place the bracelet on either wrist, this starts the process at Day 1

2) If you complain about anything, your pain, or otherwise, switch the bracelet to the other wrist and start at Day 1 again
  • internal complaints are allowed, but only because this will change once you stop verbalizing complaints
  • examples
    • instead of saying "I hate how cold it is today!" You could say, "I should have dressed with more layers today!"
3) If anyone asks you how you are, you say "I'm doing great!"
  • Follow this with any positive statement about something going on in your life.
4) If someone asks, "What about your headaches, back pain... etc...?" You just say, "I'm working on it"
  • If a healthcare provider is asking you, or gives you a form to fill out, you may tell them how your condition is going so they can measure your progress
That's it! The goal is to get to 21 consecutive days without verbal complaints, which is enough to form a new positive habit. I have put myself through this program and I can tell you it really has changed the way I interact with other people and even the thoughts in my head.

Stopping Thought Viruses can lead to the beginnings of helping with your persistent condition to possibly "forgetting" about it entirely! Once your brain reduces the perceived threat, it makes your nervous system less sensitive and over-reactive. You may find movements and activities less limited than before.

With any chronic or persistent pain state, you should consider

1) Evaluation and treatment by a physical therapist
2) Reading the following texts
  • Explain Pain, a well written book on pain and your nervous system. It is a great read for both patients and clinicians
  • Painful Yarns, a collection of "yarns" by Dr. Moseley, often humorous and great examples to be used by clinicians with their patients
  • Mindfulness, an 8 week plan on becoming mindful, often helping with dealing with the stressors of life by helping you to become mindful of your thoughts. Thoughts lead to other thoughts, and getting a hold of them can prevent the negative thoughts that often sensitive the nervous system

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