Pain Coaching is the approach I devised to help people who suffer persistent #pain.

What do I help them do?

Reconnect with what matters.

In so doing, their life improves.

To keep developing, I have daily practices.

Here they are: a #thread.


1. Reading practice

Daily reading.

Some factual, some development, some fiction.

I take notes.

I read slowly.

Here are some great tips from @RyanHoliday

2. Daily exercise.

You choose what this looks like.

I choose running, 5 x a week.

I have a programme designed by @Ultra_Damo

The other days I walk.

I also practice different movements and exercises through the day.

So can you.

3. Breathing practice.

My favoured approach is #breathing awareness.

It’s also one of the ways I teach people who come for help with their pain.

You just notice and follow your breath.

Sounds simple!

It’s the way suggested by @thichnhathanh

Check @plumvillageom
4. Music.

Love it.

Rock n roll is my thing.

I might sing, boogie or play air guitar.

It feels great.

Today I was listening to @EODMofficial

They rock.

Saw them in Brighton 🤘.

If you like rock n roll and to boogie, go and see them.
5. Writing.

I love writing.

It helps me think.

If I can’t write about it, I don’t understand it.

Then I go back to the books — see reading.

Some people who help me write well: @dickiebush @writingtoriches @getpaidwrite @jspector

They will help you too.
6. Deepen my understanding of pain.

This means investigating many fields.

It can be overwhelming, so it’s important to focus on one thing at a time.

At the moment I’m going through lectures by @dibbygibby - hosted by @laurarathbone

Feels like I’m back at @KCLalumni 😁
7. Jobs.

When I am working from home, I take breaks.

In this time, I move.

Great to do a job. Then you move and get something done.

That’s being useful.

You are also more popular at home 😁
8. Listening to podcasts.

This is a great way to get insights into people’s thinking.

I avoid the ones that have lots of adverts.

And the ones when you hear the host too much.

The best episode I heard recently was with Adam Phillips:…

9. There are other things of course.

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21 Nov
To understand pain, you need to understand:

A #thread expanding on the prior tweet.

#thepaincoach #pain

1. The person

It’s the person who has a pain experience. Not a body part.

It’s the person we help, guide, treat, encourage.

What’s their story? What is it like being them?

Deep listening clarifies.
2. The person’s lived experience.

This is what it is like to be them.

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In fact, we don’t ‘fix’ anything.

There’s nothing to fix. Certainly not the person.

When you understand pain, this makes sense.
2. Pain is whole person.

It’s the person that experiences and lives pain, not the body part.

We help people.

We help them shape something better.
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Process over prize to get results.

A key principle in rehabilitation, overcoming pain and improving life.

A #thread

#thepaincoach #pain

1. How you are now is the sum of genes, experiences, decisions, habits, social conditioning, beliefs, expectations and more.
2. What is your picture of success?

— You may have pictures.

Clarify this to know where you want to go.

Your direction.

Then move onto (3).
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