"That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt." Anon
Pain can be a good thing. Especially if you listen early.
Can you imagine what it would have been like if you had learned to listen to your body's messages (discomfort, pain, "urg") when they were just whispering, and then took the action your body wanted?
Some people might think that they wouldn't get anything done, wouldn't get strong, etc. But it's not true. Pain can be weakness leaving, as they say in the Marines. Paying attention to the kind of pain and taking appropriate action can be liberating.
In fact, whenever we are grow anything: muscle or brain, there is pain. It's why we feel achy after a good workout and crabby learning how to use that new software. It literally hurts to grow. This is good pain.
Muscles grow stronger by itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny tears in the fascia to make room for more tissue, then they heal. That's why it's important to rest after a hard workout, and why interval training is so effective.
The same thing happens to our brain when we literally lift a dendrite off of it's favorite receptor site where it's all snuggled in and ask it to grow and move to a budding, rather off-putting receptor site.
So whatever you're growing, remember to give yourself time to recover. Have some fun. Take a nap. Go for a walk.
Do some sitting arcing. This YouTube tutorial is for recovering from an insult....but "sitting arcing" is a tool for all kinds of recovery.
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I'm Valerie Lyon, the Mojo Recovery Therapist.