Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Understand it and solve it
David Hanscom, MD
The solution for the COVID-19 pandemic will be similar to that of solving chronic pain. It is based on harnessing the body's own capacity to heal.
Threat overwhlems our immune system. The key is thriving regardless of circumstances and upping your odds of survival.
Your family is in the business of living life. Are you in a survival mode? What is your vision for your family to thrive?
Feeling safe is the essence of healing mental and physical pain. Feeling heard is a critical step in establishing a nurturing relationship with your doctor. It has to re-emerge.
The essence of healing chronic pain is learning to process and assimilate unpleasant emotions.
Your deepest triggers are contained within your family and are magnified in the presence of chronic pain. You have a choice to stop it.
Does your home provide the protection of an oak tree or does it resemble an army barrack?
Your mood has a direct effect on your family. What environment do you want to create for them?
Crippling anxiety causes you to withdraw from friends and family and become depressed. You have to give yourself "space" to heal in order to re-engage with life.
Most of us feel we have the right to be critical of others. But no one likes to receive it. Quit being critical, especially with your family.
We can make great strides in decreasing the impact of the pandemic on our health and quality of life by focusing on safely increasing the pool of people who are immune.
The essence of healing from mental or physical pain is feeling safe. Your body's chemistry is optimized. This is best achieved while at play–at any age.
Chronic stress manifested by sustained anxiety compromises your immune system. There are tools to lower stress hormones and optimize your body's capacity to fight infection.
Forgiveness is not an intellectual exercise. It requires learning skills to allow yourself to feel the anger and then release it.
Forgivess will set you free. Compassion for the perpetrator will allow you to soar.
Being aware of your needs and those close to you is critical to successful relationships. Understanding when you are unaware of your needs is a critical first step.
Trying to gain self-esteem is a sure way to remain unhappy. It is an ongoing judgement pattern. A deeper problem emerges in rejoicing in the suffering of others: schadenfreude.
Many of us spend our life energy avoiding feeling anxious. Eventually, you'll wear down. Learning to assimilate it into your life will help you create the life you want.
Society is deeply divided and manifested by an inability to rationally solve differences. This behavior can be explained by the "shut down" phase presented by The Polyvagal Theory
Affirmations can help us to develop a more optimistic way of looking at ourselves and our experiences.
Every species has a survival reaction that allows it to survive. Humans have a word for it: anxiety. It is critical to stop trying to get rid of it.
Medicine is offering many treatments that are of no proven benefit. In addition to being expensive and often risky, there is the additional fallout of inducing depression.
Shift your focus off of the problem and onto the solution. Your brain will respond with neuroplastic changes and allow you to thrive.
We are programmed from an early age to nurture self-esteem. It may cause us to be more judgmental, both of ourselves and others–including the medical culture.
Chronic stress creates sustained elevations of survival hormones that affect every cell in your body, resulting in more than 30 possible symptoms.
What we consider "socialization" in school is really a power struggle in response to anxiety.
All living creatures have an anxiety response that enables survival. Humans call it anxiety, and it drives most psychological diagnoses. Should it be considered separately?
Anxiety is the neurochemical survival reaction that drives human behavior. Dysfunctional reactions to it must be separated out.
Our bodies experience physiological changes in response to anger, anxiety, and adrenaline. When we attempt to control and solve this, we can often make things worse.
It is important to change the language around these diagnoses to focus on the root cause being anxiety.
David Hanscom is an orthopedic spine surgeon who quit his surgical practice to teach patients and medical practitioners how to solve chronic pain. His most recent book is Do You Really Need Spine Surgery? Take Control with a Surgeon’s Advice.