Unfortunately, this is where a lot of people get "stuck" in their pain instead of learning and growing from it. If you're caught in a rut, challenge yourself to take action. It may feel scary, but it's better than years of complacency. Every life has its share of tough times and setbacks. But medical professionals have unique challenges.
Resilience - What is it and why is it a big deal for recovery? - Cor Kinetic
They regularly deal with others' pain and distress. And they shoulder a huge responsibility for their patients. So how can they cope when something goes terribly wrong? We feel overwhelmed with fear, grief, pain, and sadness. It's normal.
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But eventually, it dawns on us that there's no going back. The past is over. The future hasn't yet happened.
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All we have is the here and now of mindful behavior. At first, we may not feel able to make big strides forward. But soon, we begin taking baby steps and find ways to carry on. Another key to mindfulness involves accepting our experiences — even painful ones — without judgment. Instead of denying or minimizing what's happening, breathe deeply and face your difficulties head on. What worked, and which strategies should I skip this time? Expand your knowledge. Control as well as resourcefulness give you the confidence to move forward in the face of adversity. Find your bliss. Make time to find and do things you love.
Get moving. Seek support. Support systems are a linchpin of resilience.
Not used to asking for assistance? Chances are, your loved ones want to help and are simply waiting for you to ask. Count your blessings. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside reviewed studies and found that individuals who expressed gratitude or wrote in a gratitude journal at least several times a week felt more connected, autonomous, optimistic and happy — traits that contribute to resilience. Pain acceptance is defined as acknowledging that one has pain, stopping attempts to control pain, and learning to live a richer life in spite of pain.
This in turn can lead to more engagement in valued activities. This appears to be a key factor, both highlighted in the research and also in the in depth qualitative research I performed above on social media ;. People who actively seek out social support seem to have lower levels of pain.
Pain can interrupt positive social interactions that are important for resilience, however pain can also narrow our ability to identify these positive social interactions and positive resilience resources in general. Higher levels of pain catastrophizing and fear are linked to higher levels of pain and pain catastrophizing can also lead to ineffective coping strategies such as an avoidance approach to coping.
This behaviour is consistent with the affective-motivational side of pain that can often motivate people to avoid things such as social interactions and physical activities. Essentially this can limit the enjoyment and positive aspects gained from valued activities, often for fear of pain, and can reduce resilience behaviours. This prolonged avoidance can also lead to depression and disability.
I feel it is important to highlight avoidant approaches and also help someone to rationalise if they are actually helpful for them or not.
But it is also important NOT to simply label people avoiders. Avoidance like all things is complex. Some activities may display avoidance behaviours whilst other things are engaged in. We must be mindful that resilience does not appear to be a stable state.
People are not simply resilient or vulnerable. Instead they appear to have components of both aspects co-existing in a sort of balancing act. Sometimes we maybe more susceptible to vulnerability, even the most resilient is resilient until they are not. We may also be vulnerable in some areas of our lives but not in others.
We could be physically resilient but emotionally vulnerable or the other way around. It could switch from day to day. The one thing we know about the experience of pain, and all the dimensions that go into it, is that it pain is predictably unpredictable. Resilience should really be seen as a continuum. Different injuries may require different levels of resilience and the person will have a current resiliency state dependent on many factors in their life. Some people may be super resilient or the injury type or state may not require much resilience.
As with all painful problems this relies on clinical reasoning to apply the right care at the right time. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Signup for newsletters, early notice of events and new articles from Cor-Kinetic.
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Before we get into it, there are 3 main points I would like to make in this blog. What is resilience? Perhaps initial resilience may mediate the transition to more persistent pain states?
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