Tackling Brain Freeze

There I was sitting in my living room wondering where to begin. We had purchased a couch two weeks ago and delivery was in two days. I thought it would be a good idea to really clean up. I had done this about 4 years ago and now seemed like the perfect time again.
Fortunately, a friend of the family who has an eye of organizing had been helping me. So here I was with boxes everywhere; boxes to go to storage and others still yet to be broken down into categories.
Now I was in complete overwhelm stuck wondering what to do next. My mind was in a whirl. Can you relate? Is any of this resonating with you?
When I catch myself during these times, I’ve trained myself to shift the situation by ADDing Perspective. Until you can become aware of what’s happening, you’ll most likely move directly into “Brain Freeze” As somone I know once said “I know the overwhelm is consuming me but I can’t seem to do anything about it”
You can! As you know, ADD is situational so too Life is situational. In this situation, the burst of adrenaline has triggered one of my symptoms under stress – overwhelmed with details. Overwhelm is some form of fear. The fear is always related to something we just don’t understand. What we don’t understand may be the whole notion of brain freeze and what you can do when you find yourself in the midst of it.
The following is an exercise to unlock your brain freeze and move from overwhelm to overcome; from reaction to action.
1. Practice recognizing when and in what situations you become in my case, overwhelmed. Once you do, say out loud, I’m overwhelmed! Good! At least I know I am. This moves you from focusing on what is not working to what works: from challenge to success; from a victim, blaming others, yourself, the circumstances to a hero accepting responsibility. This puts you firmly in charge.
2. Brain freeze is a bio-neurological set back. Do not take it personally. You’re brain chemistry is rattling the cage. Take a moment to calm the agitation.
Give yourself a break literally. Take 1 – 5 minute break. VISUALIZE yourself with your completed project. In my case, my new couch at home. My older couch finding a new home. Everything stored and in it’s perfect place.
3. Once there, look around. What do you see? What do you hear? What could you smell, touch, and/or taste. Most importantly, how do you feel?
4. Breathe this in and smile. Take a deep breath and smile. By this time, you just might find that your brain has unlocked. Once your brain has unlocked, you’ll be able to prioritize, decide what’s next and get moving closer to your goal.
5. Now, take one item and only one item and complete the task. It doesn’t matter which item. The action of choosing one and completing it creates success and momentum.
Learn to focus on one activity at a time. Do it the best you can by remembering what works for you and practice taking small steps over and over. You will find that this simple exercise is translatable to so many other situations. You can move from being overwhelmed and reactive to getting what you love you really want.
Step by step you move closer to personal clarity and personal happiness.

Selecting Pillows for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Shoulder and neck pain can interfere with your sleep. One of the things you can do to ease the pain is using the right pillow. Research has revealed that poor posture and inadequate support at night can contribute to these kinds of pain. Pillows for neck and shoulder pain will help you sleep better and relieve your pain.

You need a pillow that matches your comfort requirements and sleeping conditions. Softer pillows are using recommended if your pain is caused by inflammation or injury. Once the pain has eased, you can transition to a firmer pillow. The transition can be difficult for most people and you should only use a firmer one once you realize that the soft pillow cannot address your discomfort and pain. Your sleeping position and mattress influence the type of pillow that you select.

Type of Mattress

If your mattress is soft, it will lead to more body settling and this means that you need a lower pillow especially if you are selecting a firm one. This is an essential consideration when you are purchasing static pillow sizes. The best option would be to get an adjustable or variable pillow height. Soft or adjustable pillows work well with soft mattresses.

A firm mattress does not give in like a soft one and this means that you will need a higher pillow. Your body weight also plays a role in the kind of pillow you select. If you weigh a lot and prefer to sleep on your side, a side sleeper pillow is the best choice but you have to make sure it is the right size.

Frequent Movements

For people who tend to move a lot when sleeping, you need a pillow with multiple heights. This is because the pillow height should be different when you sleep on your side and when you are on your back. Multiple height pillows are a great choice for those who are experiencing high pain levels.

An orthopedic pillow is also a good alternative for shoulder and neck pain because you do not have to be conscious of your sleeping position. The transitions on this pillow are soft angled and this makes it easy for you to vary positions. An orthopedic pillow can be designed to fit your unique needs and ensures you maintain the right posture when you are on your back and side. It is an ideal option for individuals who suffer from a lot of pain and acute conditions.

Side Sleepers

If you usually sleep on your side, you need a side sleeper. This kind of pillow offers height measurement and soft support but you cannot use it for other sleep positions. Body pillows are also an effective alternative because they can enhance comfort and sleeping posture to ease your pain.

Non-Deliberate Sleepers

For those who are not deliberate sleepers, you need pillows with continuous surfaces. One of the considerations to make is the materials used to make the pillow in terms of quantity and quality. A soft pillow works well if you have a degenerative condition that is at an advanced stage. If you suffer from neck curve issues, memory foam pillows are suitable because they relieve pain but they may not offer as much comfort. Some of the memory foams have two heights with varying shapes. This allows you to get the kind of support you require by simply switching the pillow side.

Select a soft pillow if your pain tends to flare up regularly. You can progress from a soft one to a firm one as your condition improves. But this is not always necessary. If you feel comfortable with the soft pillow, you should continue using it even when your illness progresses.

There are different pillow brands in the market and you may be confused when you go to purchase one. The objective is to find a pillow that reduces pressure on your shoulders and neck. You can consult your doctor to help you select the right one. It is important to note that the wrong pillow can aggravate your condition and interfere with your quality of sleep. Experiment with the different pillows for neck and shoulder pain until you find one that works for your particular condition. This is because a pillow that works well for one individual may not be a good choice for you.