Quick stress reduction tools are needed now more than ever! Has your pain increased over the last few months? Well, stress and pain go hand in hand.
The American Psychological Association’s article Stress Effects on the Body states: “Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness. For example, …migraine headaches are associated with chronic muscle tension in the area of the shoulders, neck, and head.
When your stress is high, do you experience any of these issues?
Most people have a place in their body that feels tighter when stressed. If you have chronic pain, then you may hurt more than usual.
“The overlap of anxiety, depression, and pain is particularly evident in chronic and sometimes disabling pain syndromes….” The Pain-Anxiety-Depression Connection by Harvard Health Publishing.
People are seeking therapy more than ever. Use stress techniques now that work for you. Your body and mind will thank you.
Don’t do anything that takes too much thought because when you are in the midst of a high-stress moment, your memory cannot recall complicated things. Write your favorite stress reduction tools on sticky notes and put them up all over your house.
Remember that the brain can only focus on one thing at a time so when you place your attention on deep breathing, dancing, or a lit candle, this moves your thoughts away pain. Erica Jaques of verywell health said, “Focusing on sensations other than tension and pain, or even introducing new sensations, can “close the gate” to pain. The pain doesn’t go away, it just drops into the background.”
Take the time each day to reduce your stress, since this will decrease your pain and don’t we all want a little less discomfort?
Gail Sinclair, MHt, CNC is a hypnotherapist who helps those living with chronic pain go from discomfort to thriving by using hypnosis, pain management tools and resources.
She is a Master Hypnotherapist, Nutritional Consultant, and a Reiki Master Teacher. She has over 20 years in healing work and is an international award-winning speaker.
Gail lives in Portland, OR with her delightful husband, son, and cat. She can be found cooking, knitting, writing, and figuring out new ways to thrive with Trigeminal, and Occipital Neuralgia.