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:
- Regular 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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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.