Scottsdale-based life coach, Peter Winslow, helps his clients achieve their goals and transform their lives. One area in which Peter Winslow works is the management of chronic pain, which often requires a multifaceted approach to treatment.
Painkillers can help with chronic pain, but, due to their habit-forming nature, many seek alternatives. The following methods can help improve the quality of life of those with chronic pain conditions.
Deep breathing and meditation can improve pain. Many forms of body pain are associated with tension, and encouraging the body to relax can mitigate the pain. These methods may involve the repetition of a phrase or mantra or simply focusing on one's breathing. If one’s condition does not preclude exercise, it can help. Endorphins released during exercise may help lower chronic pain and encourage health in other ways.
Finally, stress management can reduce physical pain. Anxiety, stress, anger, and sadness can all accentuate chronic pain conditions. Hence, taking the time to lower one’s stress may pay dividends where pain is concerned. This may involve listening to soothing music, using guided imagery, or employing progressive muscle relaxation.
I’m life coach Peter Winslow. Before I became a life coach I worked as a therapist in a Naturopathic medical clinic where I encountered a lot of people who suffered with chronic pain. These were people for whom traditional opioid treatments were at best only moderately effective and at worst addictive and habit forming. That’s why I created a number of treatments for natural pain relief.
Through research and development I found that reducing the patient’s chronic stress load helped to alleviate their chronic pain. Here’s what I learned: Chronic stress creates a vicious cycle: stress inflames pain; pain exacerbates stress, also causing anxiety and depression; stress, anxiety and depression cause more pain… around and around it goes.
There is one critical point to understand about stress as it relates to chronic pain: the difference between daily stress management, and long-term stress reduction.
Properly managing your daily stress can help to reduce your symptoms. However, identifying and reversing the root cause of your buried emotional stress is a powerful key to recovery from chronic pain.
What we call “stress” is itself merely a symptom. It’s the result of an emotional issue (the root of the problem) and how you respond to the circumstances which aggravate it. Identifying and reversing the underlying root issue is necessary to permanently reverse your stress, which then alleviates chronic pain.
Managing your stress helps to manage the pain, but reversing the root of your stress has a much bigger impact. This is where the “magic” happens in reducing the symptoms of chronic pain and disease.
I’m life coach and weather watcher Peter Winslow. Today is the last day of winter, but you wouldn't know it around here—the weather is calm and cozy, with big white fleecy clouds billowing fancifully by. It'll be a warm day with cool breeze and I hope you're able to get out and enjoy it wherever you are. Simply beautiful!
Tomorrow brings the Vernal equinox, the point at which day and night last equal duration. Then the days grow longer and the nights, shorter. I often think of this as a metaphor for how much sunnier and warmer life feels these days.
Speaking of sunny dispositions, in the last few sessions of our Life Mastery life-coaching group we have engaged in a dialog about what the ego is, and we've come up with almost as many definitions of it as there are participants in the discussion. Many hold onto the notion that ego is a villain, a fraud, a detriment… or that it's something sinister used to exert one’s will upon others.
In fact, when ego and what we might call simple awareness are brought into alignment, they become congruent—and we become neither overbearing nor meek. We have a clear sense of our strength and the positive impact we have on others. This enables us to be more sensitive to them, which makes us more resourceful and more able to manifest our desires and intentions. In addition, the personal power that ensues allows us to extend deeper compassion and respect to the people we meet.
– Peter Winslow
I’m life coach and counselor Peter Winslow. It seems evident that true inner beauty, if such a thing exists, comes directly from the heart. But what exactly is the “heart" of an individual?
The heart symbolizes more than a muscle which pumps blood. Long ago the heart became a metaphor for love and joy, as most people instinctively sense and feel those emotions in that part of the body. The ancient Greeks believed that a person's soul actually resided in the heart muscle and their early anatomical scientists often dissected the organ searching for evidence. They intuited that "the heart” is where honor, courage, love and compassion have their source.
The heart has also come to represent the core of a thing or a being, as in “the heart” of the matter.
The expression "Can you find it in your heart to forgive me" points to the idea that within every person's core is true compassion, and that each person has an innate sense of love and unity with others. This revelation offers an inkling of our own inner beauty, even when we are unaware of its presence.
It’s a discovery like no other, one that leads to the very heart of your being. This is where science and spirituality come together, deep inside your “self.” With this revelation you can rebuild your identity and claim your personal power in ways you never knew were possible.
This realization is not intended to change your religious or spiritual beliefs. On the contrary, it will add much to them as you discover and integrate a broader comprehension of who you truly are.
I’m life coach Peter Winslow, here with a personal question for you: have you ever felt like a misfit, the odd-person-out, turd in the punchbowl, black sheep of the family?
I know this has happened with many of you: you've joined the family for a holiday get-together and taken your seat at the dinner table. You look at the people around you and there doesn’t seem to be a "black sheep" among them. Congratulations! You're it.
For some, “being different” is an ill feeling that can last a lifetime. We may even feel like a misfit in the groups and affiliations that are fully supportive of us, let alone those which aren't.
Even when we steer clear of the criticisms and hostilities they hurl, we can sense the moments when friends and relatives seem all too eager for us to "outgrow it." This should not be taken as a sign that you and they have failed to connect in a meaningful way; it's the organic result of a process which exemplifies the courage needed to articulate your unique individuality.
Many misfits respond by withdrawing from the people with whom they might otherwise be closest. Usually they'll seek out a different group in which they feel less judged about who they are. If this is you, I ask you to consider an ancient Eastern riddle: What if you made the choice long ago to come together with certain people in this lifetime to create the challenges necessary for your own spiritual evolution?
Your detractors are no longer considered catalysts of conflict. By accepting the players and the roles they fulfill, you can develop gratitude for what they provide you on your own journey of personal growth. That makes your individuality much easier to express and a whole lot more fun.