Are You Ready to Take the First Step?

Whew! It’s been a while since I posted a blog post, huh? Life has been a little crazy. It started with my mom passing away after a three-year battle with cancer. Then, only five weeks later, my little brother had a bad skydiving accident and broke his back. Badly. That landed him in the hospital for two months. (No pun intended on the landed thing.) Two months not in his home state (or mine), so several of us made a concerted effort to be there for him and his wife the whole time. (If you follow me on social media, none of this is news to you.) Anyway, he’s doing great and busting his butt in rehab learning how to live in a chair while also learning how to get out of it and walk. Totally inspirational, peeps. So, suffice it to say that life took over and other things made their way to the back burner in a hurry.

BUT! This post is really about the new things I’m up to - not dwelling in the past. You guys! I’m launching my first program as a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach! I’m so excited.

I’m most excited because I know how hard taking the first step to change your pain can be. It can feel like being pain free isn’t even possible.

We become consumed with the pain itself and the life we live because of it. I knew for me that it was time to make a change when I realized that my thoughts had shifted to a very dark place. To a place where I believed I might take my own life if the pain didn’t subside. After that I knew I had to take action. I had to at least take the first step to seeing a change in my life or I would go crazy.

My first step was to learn more about different options to help with my pain. Which meant lots of researching! What I learned, through the hours and hours of books, articles, and sites, is the importance of looking at the body holistically, especially when it comes to pain. I still felt like I was missing one piece.

Or better yet, overlooking one piece of the puzzle. When I was taking my first steps and learning how to manage my pain, the one practice I overlooked was self-care. To me self-care didn’t seem like a powerful enough tool not to mention I believed all the myths - it’s too expensive, it’s too selfish, I don’t have the time, and so on. (If I’m being honest, I was playing the victim and being a martyr - I was wallowing in self-pity and so accustomed to being a pain sufferer that I didn’t see a way out.)

But then I got sick of that story and sick of my own excuses. I sought out things I could do to make a shift in my pain. Low and behold, self-care raised it’s hand like, “Try me! Try me! You won’t regret it!” And I haven’t. It rounded out all of the other things I was doing like body work, supplementation, mindset work, etc. to create the perfect picture of pain management.

What I’ve found working with people and their pain is that the first step needs to be something that is manageable and realistic. Something that shows results while also empowering you to keep going. So, you guessed it, I created just that type of first step in my program paired with the very overlooked tool of self-care.

The program is called the 7 Days to Less Pain Challenge and it’s all based on the importance of self-care for learning how to manage your pain and reclaim your life.

This challenge includes:

  • A daily video lesson by me on self-care and your pain journey

  • Accountability and support from someone who’s been there and is now on the other side (me!)

  • A private Facebook group where you can connect with me and other like-minded people

  • A detailed workbook to help you learn how to make self-care a ritual in your life

The first challenge will start on June 1st, 2019 and I’d LOVE to have you join us. All you have to do is click here to sign up! And you’re on your way, your first step!

I really hope you decide to join in - I’m super excited! I can’t wait for you to experience the power of self-care and see, firsthand, the impact it can have on your pain. 

Annie Svensen