Part 4 of 5 Part Series – Coping With Stress When You Have Chronic Pain
Stress is an almost inescapable part of daily life, however, when you have chronic pain, stress can make your condition seem that much worse. If you have been going around feeling like a pressure cooker about to explode, it’s time to do something about your stress levels to relieve your chronic pain.
Why is stress so dangerous for the body? In terms of certain health conditions that cause chronic pain, for example arthritis, inflammation is often present. We know that stress leads to inflammation.
So what is inflammation? If you have ever hit your thumb with a hammer or had hay fever in the spring, you will get an idea of the body’s reaction to inflammation.
Inflammation can be caused by the things we eat, our environment, such as pollution, and our stress levels. If stress gets to be too much for us, it starts to affect our health. In terms of chronic pain, studies have shown that the more stressed a person is, the less resistant to pain they are. Therefore, it’s important to discover a range of stress relief techniques that will work to reduce your stress and therefore decrease your pain.
Many people start looking for effective stress relief by keeping a stress diary for one month to discover what their main stress triggers are. Once they identify their main stressors, they can adopt the right strategies and tactics to decrease the stress.
For example, if you are struggling with stressful situations at work, there are a number of things you can do throughout the work day to make your job less stressful. Taking regular breaks is one good way to feel refreshed and renewed and less pressure. Taking a walk around the block, eating lunch outside on a park bench, or making sure you do something you enjoy at the end of each major task completed can all help relieve stress. Cutting down on “Have you got a minute?” kinds of meetings and not trying to multitask can also help.
Exercise is a great stress reliever and mood enhancer. Moving or exercising for even 15 minutes a day doing something you enjoy such as walking, cycling, dancing, gardening, yoga, light weights or resistance bands can all help get you fit and relieve stress at the same time.
If you’ve been struggling with chronic pain, try to lower your stress and see what a difference it can make to the amount of pain your experience and your overall health.
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