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Editor: Jan Sadler, MBE No.250 January 2016

Welcome to the latest PainSupport newsletter. In our monthly newsletters we give you all the top tips and techniques to help you manage your pain and live life to the full.

Come and join us on our Forum for your concerns and comments.
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We also have a New Year gift for you, our new download: Practical Tips for Pain Relief PDF. The tips really work, I've tried and tested them over many years.


A very Happy New Year to all our PainSupport members!
happy New Year
New Choices for the New Year

by Jan Sadler

We have a brand new year, full of possibilities, to look forward to.

When we are in pain or ill we often stop trying new things or taking risks. Our comfort zone shrinks. Our confidence and desire to try new things shrinks with it.

Once we realise this has happened, we need to take a few small and gentle steps to widen our horizons.

Always remember to take baby steps. 'Plan and pace' your activities then your comfort and confidence will grow.

The main message for this New Year is to keep learning and be open to new possibilities and new choices – and just go for them!

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.

Seven suggestions on how to grow your comfort and confidence

1. Think of new projects and areas of interest to investigate to replace those you may have lost. Include contact with other people if at all possible.

2. Try to include some physical activities, singing, swimming, stretching, gentle exercise and generally moving more.

3. Instead of saying, "I can't do that", say instead,"I'll give it a go".

4. Never mind if it makes you feel a little anxious at first, this is normal. Let your desire to do what you want to do overcome the anxiety.

5. Recall an achievement you are particularly proud of, and think about how you coped with that. Recall your success next time you're faced with a challenging task. It will help to build your confidence and self esteem.

6. Set yourself some simple goals that are within easy reach so that you can achieve success often and easily. Make some longer term goals to give yourself something to aim for in the future.

7. Take SMALL steps. Big projects are a series of small objectives and goals. Remember that every journey starts with just one step.

Find out more about planning, pacing and goal setting...
Pacing information From our website
Pacing Workbook From our Shop
Jan's best selling Pain Relief Book and CD From our Shop
There's a section on finding and setting goals in our Pacing Workbook
Step 1 of your goals. Your Goals worksheet
Step 2 of your goals. Your Goal Achiever worksheet


A question?

Do you have any practical day to day challenges with pain and how it affects your life? If you do, you are welcome to send your question to me for discussion in a future newsletter. You would remain anonymous, of course. Whatever affects your life probably affects many of us. This is a great way to support each other.

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The courses is called Conscious Process and is available as an on-line course and as an MP3 download.

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Relaxation for pain control

All of Jan's CDs have been voted top relaxation CDs by people such as, Holland and Barrett and Woman's Weekly Magazine. Full details from our Shop

A Good Night's Sleep Get A Good Night's Sleep! Our CD is rated the top sleep CD by Woman's Weekly, it really does work, sleep virtually guaranteed.
CD or book, including the CD
Pain Relief Without Drugs Our highly recommended Pain Relief Without Drugs CD is ideal for anyone with pain. The first track is a short talk by Jan, which is followed by five different truly relaxing tracks.
CD or book, including the CD
Relax and Release your Pain Choose 'Relax & Release your Pain' for lovely relaxation tracks plus self-management tips for pain relief.
Perfect Relaxation 'Perfect Relaxation' is just what its name says. Eight different tracks of perfect relaxation. Explore a tropical paradise, take a walk by the sea, relax by a stream or discover your own secret hideaway.
Pacing Workbook And, of course, our popular 'Pacing for Pain Relief Workbook' for just £3.00.

Jan's CDs always include simple techniques for breathing for pain relief. Also, of course, there are tracks for pure relaxation using visualisation and relaxation techniques. All you need to do is listen to Jan's soothing voice and your pain and tension will float away!

Go to our Shop to download or buy CDs or books.

Gifts for You - really useful worksheets and downloads
NB Print the above two Pain Logs to keep track of your pain and find out what affects it. Use your Logs to show your doctor how your pain affects you.

We also offer...

The chance to air your difficulties and tell us how you're doing
Talking to others about your life with pain is good for you. It's also incredibly good for you when you give your support to others. Take a look at our Forum and Contact Club:
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Something to think about...

'Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.'


Laughter is the best medicine

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The Cat’s New Year Resolutions

I will not demand to get out the minute after I come in and visa versa.

I will not sleep more than 23 hours per day.

I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.

I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.

I will not use new living room sofa as scratching post.

I will not assume the patio door is open when I race outside to chase leaves.

I will not puff my entire body to twice its size for no reason after my human has finished watching a horror movie.

I will not walk on the keyboard when my human is writing important emiognaioerp ga3qi4 taija3tgv aa35 a

We have thousands of jokes in our Laughter is the best medicine series on the Forum, here's a link to all the latest:
Visit our Joke Bank

You are welcome to add some jokes too - as long as they are nice and clean, of course!

Editor's Note

We hope you've enjoyed the PainSupport newsletter and find the information useful. Send us your comments and items for the newsletter, we love to hear from you.

Email PainSupport here
or use our online Contact Us form here
Jan Sadler, MBE
All best wishes for a very happy New Year.
Keep smiling - and keep moving!
Jan at PainSupport

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