3 Months ago I had the opportunity to complete an online program by the Macquarie University eCentreClinic
The Pain Course is a free, online and internet-delivered pain management program designed to provide good information about chronic pain and to teach practical skills for managing the impact of pain on day-to-day activities and emotional wellbeing.
The Course was structured with 5 Lessons that covered a wide range of topics about Chronic Pain, techniques for dealing with and a good measure of general health and wellness content also. There were plenty of case studies and feedback from other Chronic Pain sufferers who had completed the Course.
They also offer a Pain course for patients with Spinal Cord Injury
This course has the potential to be dramatically life changing, especially so for chronic pain patients whose condition is, well… chronic. It can help immensely with the ‘mental’ health and strategies best applied for keeping your thoughts aligned well with your plan to live life well when enduring a chronic condition.
I believe it will help transform suffering into something entirely more healthy. Learning about things like structured problem solving, planning for worry-time, goal setting, dealing with setbacks and relapses can be mind-boggling more beneficial than just popping a pill and hoping it goes away.
In my case I need more than just this awesome mind-stuff and I do pop a pill (well, many pills) to help me live, and more importantly to work. Why do I place work more important? It’s complicated but of course without funds to support a lifestyle, there is no lifestyle. I tried that method in my early 20’s and soon found out living on benefits was a depressing struggle of an existence.
I study a huge range of stuff in the Entrepreneur, productivity and life-hacking space, and have found all this stuff aligns perfectly with techniques taught in the course like Attention Management.
Beliefs and thoughts will play a very important role in how you cope with your wellness and suffering.
Obviously if you’ve read this far you understand how I feel about the course and content. I plan to post more about the techniques I use, and what hasn’t worked so well. I need to pull my finger out and start writing.
Time management is incredibly tough for me as there is such precious little time left in my day after work, a short R&R with family then it’s bed at 8.30pm. It works wonders for me to get rest and sleep and I try not to feel bad about the time it ‘steals’ from being able to spend with Sharina and Olly.
More to come, thanks for your time.