Use this guide in consultation with your health-care provider. Keep your health-care provider informed about your use of the strategies in this guide.
Learn about each strategy. Read this guide to learn about strategies that can help you manage your pain. Click on the gold box below to go through this guide. Or download a PDF of this booklet here.
Rate how well you think you are doing with each strategy. The wheel on the next page shows a picture of each strategy next to a wedge of the wheel. Each wedge is divided into three sections. Use the key shown on the page to put an X in the section of the wedge that matches how well you are managing that strategy right now. Continue to use this wheel to track your progress.
Choose a strategy you would like to work on. It is best to choose one that is important to you and that you think you can start to change right now.
Experiment with your plan. Many people find that their plan will change as they experiment with how it fits into their daily routines. Make adjustments as you experiment rather than trying to get the perfect plan developed before you start.
Finally, pay close attention to any small or large changes in how well you function and cope with pain. Notice what strategies seem to provide you the best results. Remember to keep your health-care provider updated about your activities and progress.
June 18 — Neuroscientist nursing faculty speaks at international Buddhist event Philippe Goldin, a neuroscientist and assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented at the 10th Global Conference on Buddhism, “Buddhism, Neuroscience and Mental Health: Making a Mindful Connection,” in Toronto, Canada, June 16-18. The conference brought together experts in both the Buddhist and the scientific communities to consider opportunities and connections between Buddhism, mental health and neuroscience with a goal to improve life and mental well-being through mindfulness. Philippe’s presentation was “Mindfulness and Mental Health: The Buddhist and the Scientific Approach.” Philippe is a mindfulness expert who uses functional neuroimaging, such as function magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to investigate how different types of interventions, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction, impact neural and behavioral indicators of emotion reactivity, emotion regulation, attention regulation and conceptual self-views. His work focuses on adults with diagnosed mood, anxiety disorders and chronic-pain disorders.