whiplash

My spark of life was gone

It felt hopeless.
Another back injury.
The fourth one.
I’ve stopped asking myself “Why me” several years ago, but I was still depressed that it happened to me one more time.

I tried to do some training, but it just increased the pain in the neck and head.
That furious pain.
Even worse than migraine.
It made me want to grab the ax to chop off the head to get rid of the pain.
No pain killers helped.
All the rehab training I knew from my earlier injuries didn’t work this time.

I lost the motivation for training.
I lost the motivation to have fun.
I just lost the motivation for life.
I didn’t want to die. I just didn’t want to live this life full of pain anymore.
My spark of life was gone.

It is World Suicide Prevention Day today (September 10th), and I want to raise awareness about how many people who live with physical pain can’t see another option other than suicide.

When the doctors don’t believe in you.
When your family can’t help you.
When there is no one there who can understand you.
When the darkness takes over your mind.
I know what it’s like.
I know that feeling.

That is why I am so passionate about helping other people to deal with their pain.
Because I know that it is possible to live a more valuable life.
I know that with more knowledge, you can start taking control of your pain.
I know that you can get understanding, love, and the knowledge that you are not alone with a community.
I know that life can be absolutely fantastic.

You are not alone! ❤️

With love, Cattis ❤️

PS. Take a look at the Tiktok-video I made today about this topic. 

What would you do with a magic wand? 🪄

What would you do if you with a magic wand?
What do you wish most in your life?

I tell you what I would wish for. A pain-free life! That is my biggest wish.
A new flat, a nice car, travel around the world, all of those are nice things to have and explore, but being free from pain would make all of those things so much more valuable.

I don’t have a magic wand. But I do know how to re-program my brain to manage my pain better and get a more even pain level, which gives me the possibility of having a more valuable everyday life. And that is the second-best thing right next after a magic wand! ✨

Here is what one of my clients say:

“Since December 2018 I have lived with constant back pain. Before that, I had back pain once in a while. I have pushed my body very hard for several years, too much hard training, too little recovery time, and too much stress. One day my back said: STOP! And I had to get an ambulance to get to the hospital. “Lumbago!” the doctor said and prescribed me some painkillers and sent me home.

In March 2021, MRI showed a dehydrated disc/herniated disc. After 2 years with the physiotherapist, and fighting with doctors to get to the back pain clinic at the hospital, I have finally started to see the light in the tunnel!

I lost my identity, the happy, alert, and fit girl was gone in a second. With the fear of increasing the pain, I locked myself into a tiny space of my own.

During this time I’ve had amazing people surrounding me, my boyfriend, friends, and colleagues. But sometimes there is a need for some other kind of help. That was the time when I realized I had to do things differently and contacted Cattis Olsson.

I have now been in her program for two months and I can already tell a difference. The pain is still there, but my attitude towards it has changed radically. I am not finished with this journey, I now know it takes time. But what I want to say is; if you live with long-term pain and are ready to work for a change, then Cattis is the right person to help you with that!”

Isn’t that just an amazing story?! I am so thankful and glad I can help her to live a more valuable life! 
Would you also want this get this feeling and a more valuable life?

The doors to Mind your brain, master the pain program are now open! 

Join the program today!

Come in and join the warm community with other women in the same situation,
women who, just like you, want to manage their pain in a better way to start living their life again, not just surviving! 

You can join for just one month and try it out! 
You got nothing to lose but a new life to win! 

Read more and join the program today!



Take care of you, you are worth it!
Love, Cattis
❤️



PS. Do you want to join the program in Swedish? Click here 🇸🇪


Living on the hope and having a 30 years celebration!

Parachuting with blue sky and white, fluffy clouds

“I do everything the doctors told me would be impossible!”
See the movie with the interview here (in Swedish).

One year ago, the Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, wrote a series of articles about pain. I had the honor to be interviewed and got a double-sided article about how I have managed to raise myself up and move forward after four different back injuries.

Today I am celebrating 30 years since my first back injury!!! 🎉💃🥂

How can I celebrate an injury that has given me 30 years with constant pain?!

It’s all about mindset, attitude, and the insight that it is my own choice how I handle it. Why wouldn’t I celebrate everything that injury has given me?

All these people I have met and will meet in the future. All the knowledge about the body and the brain made me niche my coaching to help other people manage their pain and share the tools, science, and knowledge I have gathered throughout the years and still keep on gathering through collaboration and curiosity to always learn more.
The things that very few within the healthcare system have shared with me through all these years. The journey with my own personal development started as a 16-year-old girl, where my life went from an elite athlete to a young girl with constant pain within a few seconds. When I early in life got the opportunity to reflect on what is important and valuable for real life.

I would never want to have that parachute jump 30 years ago undone.

Parachuting is still by far the most magnificent experience and the greatest feeling of freedom I have ever felt! 🪂

Skydivers know why the birds sing!

Before you start to argue about how dangerous it is to go skydiving, it is more dangerous to sit in a car than to skydive! I have also been in a car accident, and I had a whiplash injury since that accident, but I still continue to go by car, and no one ever questions that…

I have been through more tough injuries and experiences during my years so far than many people get to go through during a lifetime.

Am I bitter? Not at all!

I’m thankful! 🙏

Thankful to have the ability to see the small moments of happiness, thankful that I today can share my knowledge with others, thankful that I have chosen life!

I have three choices:

1. I can choose to finish my life and never ever feel the pain anymore. But I would also miss out on everything fantastic that life also offers me. Believe me, the thoughts have been there several times. But my curiosity about life has always been bigger!

2. I can choose to stay on the sofa, being bitter, angry, and sad. It would only increase my pain to be still and wouldn’t contribute to anything constructive or positive.

3. I can choose to focus on what I can do and enjoy life!

I have always chosen number 3!

Of course, I have bad days when I lay on the sofa, crying, I am a human being, not a robot! But I have always understood that it is my own choice to stay there or not, and I have always raised myself up, brushed off the sadness, and moved forward.

It has been a lot of tough years, financially, to be an entrepreneur, yet, I can’t even imagine going back as an employee. For me, the security to manage my own time, sleep, rest, training, and recovery is so much more worth than a paycheck every month.

I have never felt so good in my back as I am at the moment because I have the possibility to adapt my schedule to keep the pain at an even and good level. That is so much worth it for me. But of course, it is really tough to hardly have money to pay the bills or buy food, but I am also aware that I will earn more money as an entrepreneur than as an employee; I have my goals set and working my way up there.

Why do I write about these injuries and the pain?

The work to continue my ebook to Swedish has started, “The invisible pain – my faithful companion” will come out in Swedish this fall with the title “Den osynliga smärtan – min trogna följeslagare”.

The Swedish cover to my ebook: “Den osynliga smärtan – min trogna följeslagare”.
Pre-order it here.
🇸🇪

Do you want to read it in English instead? Purchase your copy right here, right now! 🇬🇧

This is a part of me, and I don’t talk about it to get anyone to feel sorry for me because it is not! I talk about it because 1 in 4 people lives with pain! It can be a cruciate ligament injury, arthritis, headache, long-term covid, endometriosis, back injury, herniated disc, fibromyalgia, CRPS, etc. But a lot of people get none or very little help to manage the pain.

Doctors focusing on medication and medical treatment, physiotherapists, naprapats, and similar focusing on physical treatments in the musculoskeletal system and training, and these treatments are of course vital. But very few of the people who daily meet patients with pain ever talk about one of the most important parts of pain management: the brain! The pain starts and stops in the brain, not in the foot, the knee, the back, the uterus, or wherever you feel the pain. That is where I come in; with my knowledge and experience, I complement doctors, physiotherapists, naprapats, etc.

Knowledge reduces fear, reduced fear increases the motivation to movement, increased movement decreases the pain!

This is my passion, my why, and my motivation to keep on working in my own company – to keep on helping other people to take back control over their pain again to start living a valuable and happy life again. ❤️

Read the article in Svenska Dagbladet here (in Swedish).

Have a lovely day and celebrate with me! 🥂🎉💃
With love, Cattis 💕

I finally found it!!!

First of all; Hi! It’s been a while since I updated here, it doesn’t mean nothing is happening in my life and business, rather the opposite… But it’s all good stuff and I’m so excited to tell you all the news. Soon… Next week there will be coming up some new fresh things on my web page, so make sure you’ll sign up for my newsletter to not miss out on anything! Sign up here.

The big chase

Today I’m so thrilled to tell you that I have finally found it!
I guess you think: “What is she talking about?”

It is a running backpack that doesn’t increase my lower back and neck pain! I have been reading a lot of threads on the topic “running backpacks” in different social media running groups, chasing the perfect backpack. Why do I need a backpack whilst running? Because I have always needed water, no matter how long or short run, and this has been even more necessary since I started with my new pain medication, Saroten, which gives an extra dry mouth (which is a sign that the medication is actually working). So, I need to bring water during my runs, and everywhere I go. There is always a water bottle close to me.

As an extra attachment, I have breasts!

I tell you, I have tried a lot of different running backpacks, running belts, vests, and waist belts, from many of the brands in the field. Spent a lot of money on this during the years and have never been satisfied. The problem with most backpacks/vests is that the weight is pressing on the shoulders. With a whiplash injury that is not very convenient, my neck and head pain has always increased from the backpacks, not from the runs themselves. And that is just frustrating!

And since most running backpacks/vests are designed without a good waist belt or just a waist belt with no function of carrying the weight on the hips, also the lower back gets increased pain by that type of ordinary backpack.

As an extra attachment, I have breasts! No shit, Sherlock! I am a woman! And a lot of backpacks are not designed for women, at least not if you are bigger than an A-cup… Sometimes it’s not even possible to move the height of the chest strap. Having a chest strap over the breasts isn’t just uncomfy, it is also affecting lung function since you get a band that stops you from raising the thorax as much as needed.

It was love at the first run

About a year ago I tried this backpack, Coxa Carry R5, in a store. But I was still skeptical, I mean, I had spent so much money on different backpacks for years, and it was not in my budget to buy a new one at the time when I tried it. But this spring I decided to buy it. Worst case scenario would have been to sell it to someone else if it didn’t fit me. That never happened!

On our first run together, I had intervals with both strength and running intervals, so it was a tough training with lots of movements in different directions, so it was really a tough maiden trip.

And the most important thing;
I didn’t get any increased pain at all!

I almost didn’t felt it was there! It was so light, almost no weight at all on the shoulders and no pressure over my breasts, with the most weight carrying on my hips, it felt amazing.
And the most important thing; I didn’t get any increased pain at all! I instantly fell in love with it during my first run!

So what is the difference between the Coxa Carry carrying system and other backpack carrying systems?
A lot!

Product: Coxa Carry R5
Photo: Coxa Carry


Coxa Carry has a waist belt where the shoulder straps are also attached by a four-point buckle. The shoulder straps are comfortably placed in the middle of the chest, and as I mentioned earlier, it doesn’t give any pressure or inconvenience over the breasts. And it doesn’t affect the arm and upper body mobility at all.

For now, I have only tested the running backpack, but I will for a sure test more backpacks from their product line as well. Actually, I fell so much in love with them, so I asked if I could be an ambassador for them, and they said yes!
That means, if you are interested in trying any of their products, you will get a 15% discount on your purchase! At the end of this blog post, you will find the web page and the magic promotional code.

My mission is to help many other people with long-term pain get a more valuable and happier life, not just surviving. Whether you can run a marathon or walk around the house with crutches, you probably need a backpack in some situations. It was many years ago since I stopped walking around with a handbag. It’s just so wrong to wear a bag with all the weight on one side, even for a non-pain person.

It was many years ago since I stopped walking around with a handbag. It’s just so wrong to wear a bag with all the weight on one side, even for a non-pain person.

So, nowadays, I have a backpack when I go for a run, to business meetings, public speeches, shopping, and everywhere I go in my everyday life. So I want to give you the possibility to save some money and don’t buy all the backpacks that aren’t suitable for a person with back and neck pain, and even if you don’t have pain these products are really great for any type of sports or everyday life. That is why I recommend Coxa Carry backpacks.

I would never recommend a brand or a product that isn’t of high quality and relevance for my business, my clients, and followers, I am actually quite picky about what and who I choose to collaborate with, that’s why I never wanted to be an ambassador for any other backpack brands because until now I haven’t been satisfied with any of them.

I am so thankful for this collaboration with Coxa Carry, and I hope you will get satisfied with your backpack as well.
Let me know when you have tried one!

Have a lovely weekend,
Cattis

See all the products here: www.coxacarry.com
Apply promotional code: Cattis in cart.

Which is the most powerful tool in the world?

Space shuttle launch

Do you know which is the most powerful tool in the world? 

Is it the computer, Tesla cars, space rockets, weapons, some of you might even say the nuclear bomb. All of these are powerful tools in different aspects. But none of them is THE most powerful tool. 

Let me introduce you to THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL IN THE WORLD!

Drumroll please…

🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

THE HUMAN BRAIN!!! 

What?! But all the powerful things I wrote about in the beginning of this email? And what about all the powerful tools you came up with? 
Of course, they are very powerful tools. But think again. Did those tools just invented themselves? No, they didn’t. It was the human who invented all of this stuff. It wasn’t any other animal and it didn’t just pop up by itself from the soil. The human brain is incredible and it is thanks to the plasticity* we have been able to develop the human race, without the incredible human brain we still would have lived in caves and hunting at the savannah. 

We are constantly striving for development. And the curiosity to see what we are capable of is what makes us able to take the steps out of our comfort zones. 

You know what the best part is?

It’s free, you don’t have to go to a special store to buy one. 
And everyone has one! You, me, everyone! And you want to know more what’s great about that? 

You have the ability to improve your knowledge, your mindset, your situation and your pain management! 
This month in my Become the CEO of long term pain-program we are talking about the brain. How to strengthen your mental resilience with mental training and how the brain affects the pain and how the pain affects the brain. You want to know what one of my members in the program told me in the group coaching yesterday?

“Now I can understand why I’m reacting in certain ways and why you have given me certain tasks earlier. It’s so much easier to manage the pain when I know how the brain is acting on pain signals etc.”

Knowledge reduces fear, fear increases stress and pain. The more knowledge you get, the better can you manage the fear, the pain and your life in general. 

She also said: “I thought I could manage this pain journey on my own, I’m used to manage everything on my own. But I realized I needed your help. It feels good to have someone who ask the questions and lights up the road ahead of me.”

Oh boy, did I cry?! YES!!! 🥲 

Because I know I have helped another person to manage her pain journey in a better way and already after a couple of months she is making huge progress. The pain is still there, but it is in a good level and the most important thing is how she adapt to the situation when she gets setbacks so the setbacks doesn’t last for a longer time. 
She still needs physiotherapy and medication. What I provide is a complement to medical and physical treatments, we need all the different professions to get full effect. I provide the most powerful tool you will need in your pain management, the knowledge about how to work with your brain and your mindset to get a sustainable and persistent change. 

So, when are you going to make the decision that you want to take control of your life back again? Are you ready to start the journey towards a life with good pain levels and you get the joy of life back again? When are you going to start live not just survive again? 

You can start this journey right now! Why wait? The days never comes back. What is more important than your own health and wellbeing? Why wait for another year of just surviving, unhappiness, stress, pain, loneliness in your situation, lack of energy, lack of understanding from people around you, lack of motivation of doing anything because everything just increases your pain?

Join the program right now to improve your pain journey and your life! Yes, it is a huge bonus you will get when you start working with your personal development, you improve your whole life, not just the pain management! 

Yes, it’s time to stop ignoring this pain and get my life back again! I want to join the program! 🙌
This is a 6 months program because pain management is not a quick fix. Real, persistent and sustainable changes takes time, you can’t make a persistent change in a few weeks.

ALL the best,
Cattis 🌸

*Plasticity – the ability to adapt to and learn new things, change behavior and improve knowledge.

PS. Have you taken the quiz yet? 
👉 To the quiz! 

Is it really possible to control the pain?

Woman holding black Sony Ps 4 game controller
Wouldn’t it be convenient if we could control the pain with a game controller?!

This is a question I get quite often when I talk about how to be the CEO of long term pain. Many thinks that controlling the pain means pain killers. It is not. Read my last blog post, Science holds my back, to get more information about why pain killers doesn’t help for long term pain.

But it is possible to control the pain. Is it easy? Well, you probably have to do some changes in your life to get there, and changes doesn’t always come easy. But is it worth it?! OH YES!!!

A healthy human wants a thousand things, a sick human only wants one thing.
Confusius

So what can you do to control your pain? First of all you have to work with acceptance. And acceptance doesn’t come just like that. You have probably hated your part of the body that is hurting all the time. Frankly, I thought that acceptance is the same thing as giving up. When I realized it is not and I start working with my acceptance I finally could stop that ongoing war inside my body and I could make my pain to my faithful companion instead of my hated enemy.
Acceptance is about not valuate your feelings and accept that it is what it is today, it doesn’t mean it have to be like this tomorrow, or next week, next month, next year…
You will actually save a lot of energy and negative feelings when you start working with acceptance.
This is also one of the hardest part to work with, that is why I have it as the first module in my program, Become the CEO of long term pain. Because it takes time and you’re going to realize that acceptance is within most areas of life, especially the life with long term pain.

Everyday life

Do you have a lot of pain today? Does the pain increase by your job, hobbies, cleaning the house, cooking dinner etc.?
If your answer is yes on any of these questions, I will ask you further questions. Is it worth the increased pain to do the things you want to do? If the answer is yes, perfect, you have made a choice and that means you will accept the increased pain as well. If the answer is no, what can you do about it? Can you change something of what you do to decrease the pain instead? Do you have to do it like you always have been doing things?

For me I have realized that being an entrepreneur is a very important step in my own pain management. Why? First of all, my passion is truly to help people to manage their own pain in a better way and get a more valuable and profitable life. So that is one of my biggest motivators! But also, when I am in charge of my own time I can schedule physical activity and recovery time every day. I can lay down on the sofa and take a nap when the extreme tiredness sets in. I can sleep a bit longer, as long as I don’t have an appointment of course, because I know that my sleep quality isn’t that good. For me working from 8-5 in an office with lots of noice, impressions, stress and maybe not even somewhere I can lay down during the day isn’t good for me. It ends up with I’m coming home and have no energy to do anything. Maybe not even cook a proper dinner and that will make my pain increase because our bodies needs decent food to take care of itself. Of course there might be employers who can give you these opportunities, but I will tell you, my pain levels overall has really decreased during the last three years as an online entrepreneur. So the worst thing that can happen to me is that I have to go back to an employment. I know it might sound crazy, but honestly, if you could decrease your pain levels would it be worth it to have a lower income for a while? For me the answer is definitely yes!

Pain journal

Woman in cerise blouse writing journal by hand

To understand what triggers your pain it is a good idea to write a pain journal. By reflecting and writing down what you have done during a day gives you the possibility to see a pattern when the pain increases and when it decreases. It is a really great and simple way to get control over your pain. It gives you knowledge about what your body reacts to, you are probably aware of the bigger things you do that increases your pain, but in this way you will also get knowledge about the small details during a day that can increase the pain. It makes it easier to schedule your week so when you know you are going to do something that most likely will increase your pain you can also schedule recovery time after that, in this way it is easier to get a better balance.

And the last thing I want to give you in the way of controlling your pain is, be persistent. It doesn’t happen over a night, if you don’t get results within a week, don’t give up. Remember how long you have lived with the pain!

As one of my clients in my pain program told me last week, “I am so glad you changed your 8 weeks course into a longer membership, because I realize that it will take some time to work with mindset, acceptance and all the other tools you share. And what if I didn’t have a flare up during the 8 weeks I wouldn’t have known how to really work with all these tools when it happened.” You can’t imagine how thankful I was to hear this. Because I know exactly what what she means.

Long term pain isn’t a quick fix. But it is possible to control the pain, but it’s only you who can do the work. I can provide you with tools, inspiration, knowledge, coaching and accountability, but I can’t do the job for you, but I can assure you I will be there to help you in your pain journey!
Do you want to hear more about if I am the right coach for you and how my digital programs can help you? Book a free of charge Discovery Call, it gives us both a possibility to get to know each other and see if we are a perfect match for working together.

Talk soon,
Cattis

Why You?

Have you ever asked yourself the question “Why me?” when something bad happens to you? 
I know I have. But not for many years now. I realized it’s not a constructive question to ask because it will most certainly not give any answers.
For some years me and my friends also talked about “This year will be the best year!” and then something even worse happened that year, so I’ve quit with that saying too… 

To feel pity about yourself won’t get you anywhere, of course, to have a mental breakdown once in a while is something I think we all need sometimes. Actually, I had one earlier this week. It made me put my computer away, watched some sad, “cryable” movies on Netflix, eating chocolate and cried for a couple of hours. It gave me so much relief and energy to continue with my work later on.

But to get caught up being a victim of feelings and circumstances for too long is not going to make anything better. 

Life isn’t fair. I am totally aware of that. But it is your choice if you will stay as a victim or if you’re going to take the responsibility for your own life and your own pain journey.  

But how?

It is not easy to do it by yourself, you will have days when you feel hopeless, sad, depressed, bitter, angry and so on. And you know what?! That is ok! It proves you’re a human and not a robot. Don’t hide your feelings in a dark space in your body, they will explode at some time and the longer you’ll hide them away, the bigger explosion when they come up to the surface. But when you get stucked in the sadness, the bitterness and the angriness for a longer time, then it’s a warning bell ringing. Because that isn’t constructive at all. And it is not easy to get out of there alone.

That is why I’m now opening the doors to my 8 weeks digital program “Become the CEO of long term pain“. Because I know that a community with other people who are in the same situation is so powerful and important. You can’t demand that your family and friends can understand your pain and your feelings. Sometimes it is very lonely to live with long term pain, although you have friends and family around you, but you are alone in your situation. You don’t have to be, not anymore!

This is what you’ll get in this digital program:

Webinar with the theme of the week every Monday
– Acceptance
– Sleep
– Recovery
– Communication
– Physical activity
– Self treatment
– Mental resilience
– Ergonomy

You will also get:
– Life hacks
– Community with other people in the same situation
– Live group coaching every Thursday

In addition to this you will also get workbooks, relaxation and meditation sound files, checklists and lots of life hacks for managing your everyday life.

The doors for registration will be closed at Monday February 8th 23.00 PM CET. So hurry up!
Grab your seat already today!

Read more and register here!

Anything is possible – you maybe just have to do it in another way. I will help you find your way to become the best CEO of your pain which means you can be the CEO of your life, your business, job career and sports career.

With love,
Cattis