Creating your own Pain Stories helps to illustrate Target Concepts – key ideas helpful for everyone to understand pain. Here’s one that we prepared earlier!
Too many browser tabs open?
Target Concept: Pain involves distributed brain activity.
Have you ever experienced your phone slowing down or that moment when you’re trying to open an important email or document and your computer freezes? You eventually realise that you have a hundred browser tabs open, and tons of apps running, which when you begin to close them down, inevitably helps return the speed of your phone or computer by freeing up some RAM.
We find that brains/people act in a similar way. There are times when we find it a struggle to find the right word, we forget things or we get flustered easily or feel overwhelmed. This is often apparent at times when we’ve got lots on in our life. In other words, our “RAM” may need freeing up at times as there is only so much space available.
Pain in particular can take a lot of our RAM. Pain demands a lot of our attention, makes us worry why we’re in pain and the impact it is having on us – our ability to work, play with our children, find joy in our lives. Perhaps that means parking a job for now or speaking to someone about your current worries. Remember to listen to what your body is telling you.
-Tim Beames and the Noigroup Europe team