Headspace is a fantastic app

I have been using this app now for 18 days, please see the site here. It is a fantastic app and I would highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of your health.  I am a big daydreamer and unfortunately due to the nature of my health I tend to twist my daydreaming round to negative thoughts.  Or I daydream off to try to resist pain.  Headspace uses mindfulness meditation to not distract from or resist our pain but completely the opposite.

The company formed by the 2 gentlemen above, more info click here is used you top athletes and Wall Street stars.  Mindfulness meditation is nothing new but it’s only been recent times that more people are realising that the mind is more powerful than the body, after all your mind controls your body, good and bad times.  Your brain controls how we feel pain, which comes from signals from the nervous system.  Fir be if I look after my mind I’m looking after my body. 

I qualified as a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner about 3 years ago now, read about NLP here so I was well aware of how powerful the kind could be.  I helped people stop smoking and even lose 3/4 stone in weight, amongst many more bad habits.  But when I got ill with my back I stepped away.

Never again will I neglect my mental health, because if I get that right the physical health will fall into place.  

Can Fibromyalgia be cured with the mind?  Who knows!!  But I believe it can be controlled by it and more importantly I can live with Fibro quite comfortably.  No I am not quite there yet but when I do get there I will help you too 


Mindfulness course run by the NHS

Yes that is right.  I asked the doctor to refer me to a Psychologist as I was struggling to understand why my mind was acting like it was, clearly not understanding how the nervous system works or how it controls the brain at this point I was sh@t scared of my thoughts!  It was the best thing I ever did, I spent 90 minutes crying my eyes out and felt wretched and he didn’t tell me anything I already knew but he offered me 2 things:-

  • A mindfulness course running over an 8-10 week period
  • Counselling

I accepted both.

To cut a long story short counselling was out of the question as I was either the wrong age group or my condition didn’t have any counsellors, I could be placed on a waiting list but there was over 400 people on it.  Seriously!  But I was offered a chance to become one myself.  What a great idea I could become a Fibromyalgia counsellor but I needed to concentrate on myself first.

I did get a place on the Mindfulness course and started today.  I have been lent a book to read :-

I have homework yippee!!

I also met another lady with Fibromyalgia!!

I have done lots of research into Fibromyalgia and by no means am I a doctor but I’m also not stupid!!  Pumping someone with a nervous system disorder does not cure the illness it’s just a way to mask the symptoms.  Now what if I could get the symptoms under control and happily healthy life without resorting to pumping myself full of medications that well, affect the nervous system, using a holistic approach, after all holistic and homeopathic medicine has no side effects?

This is where Mindfulness comes in.  You can read all about it here.  We can train our bodies to become stronger and cope with tremendous amounts of pain but we just ignore our brain, the mind, our mental health.

Mindfulness is easy but it takes practise and dedication, it isn’t a quick fix.  Did you know that the brain can release chemicals that are stronger than morphine called beta-endorphins, don’t believe me then research the science here.

Why don’t more of us that suffer one of the primary symptoms of Fibromyalgia; chronic pain use the power of our brains to deal with the pain?  

Because it takes knowledge and practise.  Trust me I know.  I have to take Oramorph for a headache or it ends up becoming a migraine and I end up in A&E!!  But what if I could use my brain and mind to help me cope with the pain or better still, control the Fibromyalgia in the first place?  Well that’s why I am on the mindfulness course.  

Of course Fibromyalgia cannot be cured but it can be controlled, it all depends on the mind, not in a bottle of pills.

You may be thinking jeez she’s full of bull…. but it is my opinion and after suffering horrific side effects from medications I am willing to try anything!