I have a stressful job as a social worker and my workload has been crazy lately. My local authority has been running mindfulness courses which I enrolled on. I was slightly sceptical, especially as I've tried mindfulness before but perhaps I wasn't in the right headspace at the time. Anyway, I'm writing this because I had an interesting experience in our session today during one particular exercise. We started the exercise by closing our eyes, focusing on breathing and then, going through each part of our bodies and just noticing each body part. When we got to our feet, I got a sudden flash of pain in my worst affected foot. It was very intense. I had to take my shoe off as I couldn't bear to have anything touch it. My foot went all hot and then clammy and cold. It was only temporary but quite strange. I mentioned it to the trainer afterwards who suggested that I try so hard to ignore the pain and push it away, that when I thought about it, it just flooded my pain signals. She suggested that my method might not be the best way for managing my pain and gave me some info on mindfulness courses that are targeted at people with health problems. The research seems quite good and I am seriously considering it. I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts.
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