000aRebecca Rengo, pain relief coach and expert, discusses strategies to take control of the pain and take back your business and your life.000a000a
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Susan: When the entrepreneurial spirits take hold, there’s very little that you can do to keep it down. However, chronic pain condition like Fibromyalgia can actually rob a person of their will and dash their dreams. But it really doesn’t have to do that. Joining me today is Rebecca Rengo, she’s a pain relief coach and expert and she’s here with some strategies to take control the pain and take back your business and your life. Rebecca thanks you so much for joining us today. Rebecca Rengo: I’m delighted to be here Susan. Susan: Now, I also want to mention that you’re actually the author too of this book which is Beyond Chronic Pain, and you have a website by the same name. Rebecca Rengo: Yes, I do. Susan: beyondchronicpain.com. Let’s talk a little bit about because you and I both have chronic pain. Now, let’s talk about some of the issues that people face in the workplace whether they’re the business owner or an employee. Rebecca Rengo: One of the biggest issues that I find working with people and also personally is work overload. And this called to were so busy, we get caught up in busyness of life all of the time. And it’s very difficult to find the balance. And especially if you own a small business or you’re an employee in a small business they’re always multiple things to do and multitasking can become very stressful in itself also. Susan: Probably it’s going to say when you’re running your own small business; it’s either just you or maybe just one or two employee. So it’s kind of hard to control that. So what techniques could you share to really start to take control and get your life back on track? Rebecca Rengo: One of the most important techniques for anyone with chronic pain in or outside of the workplace is to face yourself, so that you have a smooth schedule as much as possible everyday. And this is easier to do than it sounds once you get into the habit of it. What we tend to in this culture is jump at everything that comes up immediately instead of sitting back in prioritizing where this is really fit. Another technique I recommend is under scheduling your time. So if you think a project, it will take half an hour, give yourself 45 minutes that way you’re not rushing. Rushing really increases stress which then increases chronic pain. Susan: Some of my friends call me Scarlet O’Hara because I always say, “I worry about that tomorrow.” Rebecca Rengo: Uh-huh, that’s great. Susan: But it’s true I mean there are certain things that I just can't deal with. And so I put them on the list for the next day or later in a week. Rebecca Rengo: Right! Absolutely! Susan: Now, that’s something for a business owner to do. I mean we can certainly prioritize and make our list to things to do and manage that a little bit better but what if you have an employee who was suffering from chronic pain? How can they balance it from themselves and then you also as the business owner deal with every individual? Rebecca Rengo: An employee with chronic pain needs to be very honest with themselves and with their employer about what they’re facing and dealing with. And so acceptance is the first step. Except the reality of what you can do or can't do. So if you have back problems and lift thing aggravates your back problems, then don’t put yourself in that situation and if you are let people know. They’re frequently ways to get around something. And then the next step would be to adapt. If you do have to move something, or if you’re at a computer for a long period of time, you know adapt appropriately. Look at ergonomic chairs and make sure your computer screen is at the right height. Do everything you can to make the correct adaptations for yourself. Don’t still that you’re not worth the money or the time that it takes to plan for those things. Susan: What about just taking break then and breathing or walking, what about something like that. Rebecca Rengo: Absolutely! Any activity is a big factor in increasing chronic pain. So we need to get

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