Mindfulness techniques are particularly helpful in the management of chronic pelvic pain because it can help us become aware of the specific triggers that are being set off in that moment. The more we learn about our bodies and gain awareness of our organs, muscles, and nerves, the more we can decipher where the pain is coming from and consequently, what coping mechanisms to use.
In other words, the more our brain understands where the pain is coming from, the less scary or threatening those signals are perceived and the more control we can have over managing how we respond to those signals. Mindfulness practice is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the unity of mind and body, as well as of the ways unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine our overall health.
Need help getting started? You're not alone! Mindful living doesn't come naturally in a society that trains us to race around. Have you ever tried just sitting still for a moment? You'll start to hear the judgment that you "should" be doing something. More to come next time.
Stephanie Yeager: Passionate about spreading the word of hope and healing for those like her, influencing a paradigm shift in the medical community toward greater understanding of chronic pelvic pain disorders, and prevention initiatives that may protect young women before onset can occur.