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Using Make-Up As A Mindfulness Exercise To Help With Chronic Pain

Sunday 20 September 2020


From ABC Life:


Chloe Sargeant
Chloe Sargeant applied incidental mindfulness
the practice of incorporating mindfulness into
your everyday activities to make-up.
(Supplied: Chloe Sargeant/ABC Life: Luke Tribe)

Using make-up as a mindfulness exercise to help with chronic pain

By Chloe Sargeant
ABC Life
14 September 2020
© 2020 ABC.

Two years ago, I was sent to a chronic pain clinic.

For nearly eight years I had begged innumerable GPs and specialists for help because I was in permanent, debilitating pain, as well experiencing erratic symptoms including fatigue, cognitive issues, tremors and mobility issues.

I was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia, an incurable condition that means my nervous system malfunctions and sends incorrect signals to my brain.

My pain psychologist recommended a series of management exercises, including pacing and meditation, but I quickly returned to her with some bad news — I couldn't meditate.

I'd looked up every meditation tip and trick on the internet and downloaded every app that offered guided sessions, but no matter what I did I couldn't quieten the permanent broadcast in my mind.

My clinical anxiety was getting in the way. So instead, she introduced me to incidental mindfulness: the practice of incorporating mindfulness into your everyday activities. I quickly started practising two of my favourite activities: cooking and playing Animal Crossing.

However, a burgeoning new hobby would soon become my favourite and most successful way of practising mindfulness: make-up.


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