We all suffer from a little stress on a regular basis but if your stress is constant then this can contribute to your pain. Constant stress has been proven to lead to heart attacks and depression, and also disrupted sleep.
We constantly judge ourselves over how our life is, mistakes we my have made or what other people think of us. But negative thoughts can play havoc on our health.
If you can identify what you can’t control, which can be a number of things for people in chronic pain, and think instead on how you can deal with your problem, this will bring your stress down a notch.
It’s hard to admit to yourself that there are some things that you can no longer do but if you can find someone to help you with it then you will feel much less stressed out.
If it’s a situation that you feel you have no influence over, make a decision about whether you will adapt to it in the best way you can, ask someone else to do it for you or leave it alone.
Practising some simple breath awareness with some yoga poses, or meditation, can help to relieve pain. Everyday Health say eliminating stress relieves pain. Stress and pain can each impact the other, creating a vicious cycle that sets the stage for chronic pain and chronic stress.
“Patients need to manage their stress to be in the best psychological state to benefit from other therapies,” says Carmen Green, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology and director of pain medicine research at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.”
Constant chronic pain can affect your quality of life, but learning how to cope with stress and can help you manage the pain and lessen it’s impact.
A few great books to help you deal with stress are The Stress Solution, 4 steps to a calmer, happier, healthier you, by Rangan Chatterjee. This book offers simple and achievable interventions to help you re-set your life, offering simple tools for how to cope with modern life.
The Art of Relaxation and Stress Relief – Butterflies – Colouring Book for Adults, by Eva Alcantara . Colouring books are now considered a great way to unwind and take your mind off your pain and stress.
Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief by Julie Lusk. This book is packed with meditation, relaxation skills and visualisation techniques to help you cope with stress.