Educational Program Day 40

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You are coming to the end of this program. Some people may have seen a reduction of their symptoms, while some people may still be struggling. In the end, the level of your symptoms is not what is important. What is important is how you respond and view your symptoms. Are you still looking for structural causes for your pain or have you been able to use them as a signal to investigate your emotions? Don't worry about where your symptoms are, and if they will fade away at the end of this program. To still have symptoms after you finish this program is not a sign of failure. It simply means that you have more work to do. As Dr. Sarno quoted in Healing Back Pain, Pity me that the heart is slow to learn, What the swift mind beholds at every turn.

Educational Activity: One of the largest benefits of doing this program is learning more about yourself, primarily about when you become stressed and repress your emotions. Developing the skills to identify when you are becoming activated will help you allow your emotions to be present, reducing the likelihood symptoms will develop. A technique that will help you achieve this, and which is today's reading, is called Self Monitoring.

Today is the last day you will be journaling for this program. If you enjoy journaling by all means continue to make it part of your life, but know that you do not have to in order to reduce your symptoms or keep the from coming back. Spend today's journaling time to write about any outstanding issues that you want to address. This can be about your past, present, personality or anything else that is on your mind.

Success Story: Beginning in 2007, Back2-It began to suffer from debilitating back pain. His symptoms became a source of fear and worry, and effected both his personal and professional relationships. He eventually was able to recover by using the TMS approach. His story is called: It was Complicated and So Was I.

Question To Ponder
How would you change this program to make it more effective?

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