Pain Relief Tip 4

Reduce your Stress

Stress is a major cause of increased muscle tension. It stands to reason that this will have a direct effect on your pain levels. Tight muscles are painful.  So concentrating on reducing your stress, automatically has an effect of  reducing muscle tension and your pain. Stress, as i’m sure you are aware, saps your energy and reduces your ability to cope with the pain.

Fight and Flight.

This is the  stress response, and it produces adrenaline which prepares your body to deal with any perceived threat. Either you stay and fight or you run away from the danger.  The adrenaline is designed to be used when you take physical action. This response is an inbuilt genetic response designed to keep us safe and isn’t usually necessary in our modern daily lives. How often have you come across a Sabre Toothed Tiger on your way to work or the shops?!  Due to our modern lifestyles and socialisation the unrelieved stress that gnaws away at us during the day, and the build up of adrenaline,  often remains there, undispersed, causing all the unpleasant symptoms of stress including increased pain.

It is important to know yourself.  What are your known triggers for stress? They are different for everyone.

  • Cancelled appointments or being late for one.
  • Arguments with work colleagues or family issues
  • Children misbehaving.
  • Extra bills coming in or lack of money.
  • Your computer playing up.
  • Technology: From unsolicited sales calls, internet going down etc.
  • Becoming anxious, angry or depressed due to feeling out of control
  • Too many requests for your time.
  • Health issues and Pain flare-ups.

Some of the best ways to deal with stress are to STOP, BREATHE, and unhook from the thoughts that trigger the feelings. Speak to a friend, take some time out.  Its important to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings and then recognise how you are feeling in that moment and say to yourself ‘it will pass’. Focus on what you can and are capable of, rather than on what you cannot do. These strategies and more are covered in our Pain Management Groups starting on the 10th October in Newcastle. Please go here. OR CALL DEE ON 07093 456237 To find out more and to book your place. Have a great day.

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