It’s exciting to have another year of blogging under my belt. This year I wrote a number of posts about managing pain through visualization and harnessing the brain’s neuroplasticity. I did a lot more reading, which led to some book recommendations and reviews. And throughout were updates on my life, thoughts on faith and chronic pain, and all sorts of musings!
My biggest goal for this year on the blog was to take the book that I spent 2015 writing and figure out what I was going to do with it. And I did! Out of that book came two small booklets that I self-published, and I feel so good about that decision.
I have a lot of ideas for 2017 that I am looking forward to and can’t wait to announce. For now, here are my top ten posts of 2016 in case you missed any.
10. How to Allocate and Conserve Energy When You have Chronic Pain – I am always working on the art of allocating and conserving energy, so I can make time for what is most important to me. Of course I am not perfect at it, and no matter how careful you are, chronic pain has a mind of its own. But here are a few things I have learned over the years.
9. Why We need Chronic Pain Awareness Month – I wrote a few posts over Chronic Pain Awareness month, and this was my favorite. I didn’t always understand awareness months, but now I do.
8. Chronic Pain is Not a Blessing – Although many blessings can come out of chronic pain, I don’t think chronic pain, in and of itself is a blessing. And here is why.
7. How to Use Visualization to Manage Chronic Pain – This year I did a short-term visualization group to keep myself and the other members accountable to practicing visualization for pain. It definitely helped me get better sleep.
6. Ten Ways to Flood the Pain Map to Reduce Chronic Pain – These coping skills come from the book Neuroplastic Transformation. Definitely a place to come back to every time I flare.
5. When You Aren’t Getting Better (And It Feels Like It’s Your Fault) – Read this post, and then read the comments. I thin
4. Understanding Why Individuals with Severe Pain and Illness Die by Suicide – This is such an important topic, and I think the most important part of this article is the proposed solutions at the end.
3. When You Can’t Go to Church or Be in Community Because of Chronic Pain – Lots of people feel guilty for not going to church when they are physically unable to go to church. Here are my thoughts on that.
2. Book Release One (But God, Wouldn’t I Be More Useful to You If I Were Healthy?) and Book Release Two (When Chronic Pain and Illness Take Everything Away) – Here are the posts that introduced my two booklets published this year.
1. Visualization, Chronic Pain, and Neuroplastic Change – My most popular post this year was an introduction to Dr. Moskowitz’s strategies for chronic pain. A lot of people are looking for any kind of way to cope with the pain, and I think this is a great place to start.