Breaking the vicious circle

How would you like to improve how your tinnitus affects you in as a little as 20 minutes a day?

As humans we’re instinctive problem-solvers. So when something happens in our life, such as losing our job or getting sick, we immediately take steps to remedy the situation.

But what if there is no solution, no way to put things right? What if, like tinnitus, there is no cure – no tablet to take, or medical procedure that’s guaranteed to reduce or eliminate it?

What then?

I’ll tell you through personal experience.

Google becomes your doctor. Every day to check it in the hope that this is the day they’ll announce the miracle cure you’ve been holding your breath for.

You spend more hours than is wise hanging out in online forums, eagerly embracing anything that someone says has helped them, regardless of how much it’s going to cost.

You rage internally (and sometimes out loud too!) at the unfairness of having this condition that no-one else can hear, and certainly can’t understand.

You get stressed and anxious wondering how on earth you’re going to be able to cope with this torment for the rest of your life. And, as we know, some people become so overwhelmed by the condition that they sadly decide that they can’t live with it any longer.

You’re frustrated at your medical professionals who tell you “you’ve just got to learn to live with it”.

How can you?!

And you end up exhausted. Sometimes from the lack of sleep that tinnitus can bring. But generally from coping not just with your tinnitus, but with the huge range of emotions you go through each and every day because of your tinnitus.

Emotions which don’t make your tinnitus better, and in fact can make it worse.

Sound familiar?

There’s got to be a better way to live with tinnitus…

There is: it’s called mindfulness.

As a certified mindfulness meditation teacher I help people use mindfulness to better manage their tinnitus and their reaction to it. And it works. You don’t need to be Buddhist, or a hippy, or ‘spiritual’. You just need to be open-minded and willing to practise what you learn regularly – for just 20 minutes a day.

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