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Episode3 Segment 3 - How are feelings, thoughts, and actions connected?

Fast Fact

There are ways to
cope better with
pain by managing
what you think
and what you do


It is important to understand that how we feel about pain, can influence our thoughts and actions and have an impact on pain itself. To see this connection, look at the example in the table below.

EVENT FEELING THOUGHT ACTION EFFECT ON YOU
Flare up of pain in the stomach while at school Anger Why does this have to happen to me? Demand to be allowed to go back to sick bay Pain worse. You feel angry and isolated
Acceptance This hurts, but I'm not in danger. Use a distraction technique while remaining in the classroom Pain improved. You are in control and happy to be able to complete the school task
Sadness This will never go away. Go to sick bay and curl up with a hot pack Pain worse. No sense of control

User Activity

This activity is about noticing the link between pain, feelings, thoughts, and actions. This activity is about noticing how what we do, can influence the way we feel and think, and in turn, how this can affect pain levels.

Instruction

Think about when you have a situation that involves pain. Your feelings in that situation can influence the thoughts and actions that you take. An example has been given to you in the table below.

EVENT FEELING THOUGHT ACTION EFFECT ON YOU
Flare up of pain when getting ready for school Alarmed, scared Something is terribly wrong with me Lay down on the couch and stay home from school for the day Pain is worse. Feel sad and angry
Annoyed It's another flare up, but a level I've had to deal with before. I can still go to school Accept the pain, and continue with plans to go to school for the day Pain is present, but you are happy to go to school to see your friends

Activity

In the tables below, type in three different feelings, thoughts, and actions that can occur when you experience the pain. Try to include examples that can be helpful.

EVENT FEELING THOUGHT ACTION EFFECT ON YOU
EVENT FEELING THOUGHT ACTION EFFECT ON YOU

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please remember it is normal to experience feelings of sadness from time to time, especially when life is not going as you would like. However, if you are feeling sad a lot of the time, or if there are times that the sadness is so intense that it is hard for you to cope, then it is very important that you talk with someone. Tell your parents, or an adult that you trust, about how you are feeling. You can also make an appointment to talk with a counsellor or psychologist. If you feel you would like to talk with someone right away, then there are 24 hours telephone help-lines that you can use. Some are especially for young people to use if they need someone to talk to. Talking about the problems won’t necessarily make them go away, but many people find it helps.

PHONE 1800 55 1800 (24 hours a day)
For young people between 5 years and 25 years.