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Most people are more aware of their surroundings than they are of what is going on inside. Tension within the body to cope with pain can be habitual and does not require your conscious awareness. Before you can lower physical stress levels, you must learn to become aware of internal stress and tension. “Body scanning” is taking a mental tour through your body to notice tension, stress, and pain. Take an inventory of your head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, back, hips, thighs, knees, ankles, and feet. Where is there tension and pain? Most people with fibromyalgia try to avoid feeling their pain, which can be a good way to cope with it. To reduce pain, however, a body inventory shows you where tension needs to be reduced. (Source: The Fibromyalgia Help Book: Practical Guide to Living Better with Fibromyalgia by Jenny Fransen, R.N., and I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D.)

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