What You Must Know about Chronic Pain & How to Manage Stress

Chronic Pain & Stress

It is not a secret that stress is unhealthy. Especially when it comes to chronic pain. In the United States over 100 million people suffer from chronic pain. Both biological and emotional factors contribute to an individual’s pain score. Those with chronic pain know that stress can make the pain worse. The intense cycle of pain, stress, and anxiety lead to higher pain scores.

Five ways to manage stress include:

  1. Managing Stress, chronic pain, managing stressRegular exercise is one of the best ways to help reduce stress and manage pain. This is because exercise is a natural way to increase dopamine production in the brain. Having too little dopamine in your system leads to anxiety and depression. Exercise also pumps up the production of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are feel good natural chemicals that help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.
  2. Yoga along with deep breathing are great exercises to decrease stress and anxiety. Being able to take a deep breath and do a sun salutation is a good way to center your mind, body, and spirit. As you move with the poses take deep soothing breaths of fresh air. It is amazing how effective this is when it comes tohandling stress. Even deep breathing and yoga-like stretching at the end of exercising can prove to have numerous benefits.
  3. Identify triggers by keeping a stress journal. Journals like these are important because they give you important insight into how stress affects you and what to expect.Managing Stress, chronic pain, managing stress
  4. Taking a Break is a good way to relieve stress. By taking what is known as a “timeout” you can collect your thoughts, relax, breathe and come back to the situation later when you are feeling better.
  5. Scheduling “me” time is essential to making sure you are taken care of first. After all, you can’t help others if you aren’t even able to help yourself first. Indulging in me time and self care will make you more capable to help those around you then you originally thought it would. Sometimes, it pays to be a little bit selfish, especially when it comes to managing stress.

After all, anyone can be affected by stress. It has, more or less, become an inevitable part of life, The key is to manage it through regular exercise, keeping a stress journal and by eating healthy. Doing these things will make you a stronger person. It also helps you manage stress so that you can  break the cycle and live a healthier and happier life. Even if you can only implement one of these five methods for managing stress you will be well on your way to success.

 

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Faith

Danielle Faith is a graduate of the The University of California, Los Angeles with a Degree in Cultural Geography. She know how your location in life (race, religion, economic status, etc.,) influences how you view the world. Today, Danielle Faith is freelance writer and marketing consultant. She specializes in new media marketing and self-improvement. Not to mention, she has a knack for clarity, and over ten years of experience. Danielle has personal experience with chronic pain and illness. Danielle is a survivor and optimist as well as persistent and driven. When she puts her mind to something it gets done. When she is not writing or checking what’s new on social media, she’s listening to music and relaxing with her dog.

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Melissa
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Yoga, deep breathing and meditation are def key for me! Good list 🙂

Bettina Furler
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There is no doubt that chronic pain can lead to stress. Many professionals believe that stress could worsen chronic pain which is why they suggest taking measures that can reduce daily emotional and physical stress just like the tips that you mentioned here. Anyway, there are several options for managing chronic pain. We should not settle for a single treatment like opioid medication which could negatively affect our loved ones and us. It’s a good thing that many researchers today are seeking alternative and holistic approaches that improve pain treatment without contributing to any opioid addiction. In Arizona, Prime Medical… Read more »
Marjie+Mare
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I feel like having patients read your post. You bring light and you are an inspiration for those suffering from any condition.

Stephanie
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I’ve been working on the regular exercise lately and incorporating yoga in that as well. It’s my “me time”. I also find that getting outside helps me destress a lot. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up enough to start going for daily walks again.

Deb Savage
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These are some really great tips of how to manage things such as stress. I have done yoga before and it was very helpful.

ashley
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Love this! Yoga and monitoring what triggers the stress are what work for me.

Kristyn
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Yoga is something I need to incorporate in my daily routine. I know it will help calm my mind. Thanks for sharing the tips.

Flossie McCowald
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This is all so true – and you’ve covered my favorite ways to beat stress, all in one post! My favorite, though, is #1 – especially if it’s a long bike ride – but yoga is a clsoe second, both for me and on your list lol…

Jake+Ferrer
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This tips are so great! I am starting to do a regular exercise and more important to have a time with my self.

Ariel
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Those are all great ways to manage stress. I need to get back into exercising because it was really helping me, as I suffer from anxiety. Thank you for sharing this. I will have to try your other ways.

Krysti
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Such an insightful and helpful post. So many people can benefit from reading this!

Nikki Arnold
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I did know that exercise helps to manage stress and I really need to work on that lol. I feel like I’m a stress ball.

Glenda
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These are some great tips. Identifying your triggers and schedule “me” time is really important.