Your recipe for pain

Your recipe for pain

9 min. reading time


Louis Zantema

5 January 2020

Louis is a GZ-Psychologist with a great passion for gaming. For him, a game training that offers therapy is the most valuable thing you can develop: especially for pain complaints, which are on the interesting intersection of body and mind. His aim is to make himself dispensable as a therapist.

In this blog you are going to make your recipe for pain! What is a recipe for pain? A recipe for pain is to write down exactly what it takes to get pain. I'm going to give you my example later.

Why would you do that? Well, there are several reasons to write down a 'recipe for pain' for yourself. The main reason is that you think and write about the things you shouldn't do. This makes you more aware of what is not good for you. It provides insight, but is also just a nice (humorous) way to look at problems. So it's fine that the recipe is a bit exaggerated, or maybe even a bit silly! The more you can look at pain with humour, the less the pain networks in your brain become active. So it's not the intention that you do the recipe, but an exercise in becoming aware of what explicitly doesn't work! 

Below is my recipe for pain. I've had lower back pain for a long time and notice that these recur quite quickly if I don't follow certain rules, or if there are certain tensions in my life. This is my recipe for low back pain - as you will read, I love to write a recipe for myself with humour and exaggeration!

Louis' recipe for low back pain


Welcome to Louis' recipe for low back pain. With over 15 years of experience, Louis' has found the best recipe for the perfect back pain. 




- A bad office chair


- One car


- sagging posture




- 300 grams of worries


- One kilo lack of sports activities


- 5 nights of poor sleep - preferably several nights in a row


- 500 grams of disagreement


- 2 kilos of cross-border activities


In the run-up to back pain, try to sleep as badly as possible for a few nights. Soft mattresses are a bonus. If you don't succeed in sleeping badly, try to go to bed as late as possible and get out as early as possible. Start the day with a bad office chair. Sit down and get off the chair as little as possible. Agree on all sports appointments and, if possible, on as many social appointments as possible. Now start grumbling on as many things as possible. If you have done this correctly, the first back pain will already begin. Now is the time to add the worries: Is everything in my back all right? Isn't something broken? Think back to moments when you hurt your back. Hopefully this will increase the back pain a bit more. If you have the feeling that the back pain is getting going well, you can quickly go to the range (lowered in the car) for paint rollers and wall paint. Then go for hours to sauces walls (or any other physical activity far too long and intense), until you're completely broken. Finish off by arguing with someone you love, and you're done! 


Now you!


That's my recipe. As I wrote before, I like to exaggerate and make a bit of a mockery of myself, but everyone has their own style and preference of writing a recipe.


Now it's your turn! What does your recipe for pain look like? Be creative, and exaggerate! You can send your favorite recipe to me at, and you can also indicate if your recipe can appear on the blog.


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