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Editor: Jan Sadler, MBE No.251 February 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.

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Now read on about why, and how, you need to tame your technology.


How to Tame your Technology
by Jan Sadler
I was given a smartphone at Christmas to replace my old not-so-smart-phone.

I was amazed at what it offered. But soon found I was swamped with messages, emails, notifications and constant upgrades, all with very intrusive vibrations, bleeps and pings.


I had no trouble from my old not-so-smart-phone, it sat there quietly and I looked at it when I wanted to, in my own time. With the new phone I was drawn into picking it up all the time.

I could feel my sense of calm and 'living in the moment' drift away with the constant barrage of information, all of which seemed to need a response.

Action was needed!

I found the settings and turned the sounds and vibrations off. That was all that I needed to do. Now I look at it when I want to, and not when it wants me to.

I learned a good lesson from my new phone.

Maybe you, like me, sometimes find yourself overwhelmed with information and demands. Some of it we might find useful and entertaining but most of what we see is not essential to our lives.

Demands on our time come from e-mails, text messages, spam, social media like Facebook/Instagram/Twitter etc., texts, TV adverts, unwanted phone calls and ‘must see’ programmes. The clock ticks on, life speeds up and the pressure on us rises.

It's a challenge for people unhampered by pain, but for those of us with pain in our lives it can be even more tiring and stressful.

Once we realise that we are, in fact, pressurising ourselves, and don’t have to, we can start to take control, be more selective and slow down.

There is little that wouldn’t be improved by slowing down in every area of our lives. Learning to take your time will improve the quality of your life more than almost anything else.

As well as with technology, other activities such as exercise, conversation and eating are amazingly improved in quality when we are in control, when we slow down and take our time.

How about you take a look at your technological habits and see where you can simplify things too.

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Take control and slow down
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Try some of the simple suggestions below to remove the rush and hurry from your life and restore a more natural and relaxed rhythm.

Notice how things change for you. You will be amazed at the difference in yourself; not only to pain levels but to your whole life.

How about starting right now – but gently, and in your own time, of course.

1. Realise that although you have a phone, it doesn’t mean you have to leave it on – or answer it! When an email, text or other message arrives, it doesn’t mean you have to answer it immediately. And remember, you are in charge of the delete button! If your inbox is out of control, get it back in hand.

2. Set your own pace. When someone or something is pushing you, it’s OK to say 'No, not right now'. Structure your activities, so that you know, before you start, how long it is sensible for you to sit or stand at a task before you need to move.

3. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself WHY you are rushing. The reasons may improve your self-understanding.

4. Plan for three separate moments in your day, whether at home or at work where you pause for peace and quiet and just let go. Do nothing. Do nothing except concentrate on slow deep breathing for a few minutes. Allow space for yourself. Rest, and 'stepping back' from the world for a moment, isn't a luxury; it's a necessity.

There's a section on finding and setting goals in our Pacing Download Workbook

Help others to understand your pain
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If you find it difficult to explain your energy and pain levels, try the links below:

The spoon theory
Understand Someone with Chronic Pain
YouTube video
and our forum topic:
For those in pain to pass on to friends and family

Relaxation for pain and stress relief

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.

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Words of Wisdom...
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'Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.'

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Laughter is the best medicine

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Computers are like air conditioners.
They work fine until you start opening windows.

I went to buy myself some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

Many thanks for explaining the word "plethora" to me - it means a lot.

I know a guy who had a very unsuccessful perfume shop.
He's got more scents than money.

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

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Jan Sadler, MBE

All best wishes - keep smiling - and keep moving!
Jan at PainSupport

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