When it comes to chronic pain, one of the hardest things to do is control the negative emotions surrounding it. After all, many people fail to realize the emotional turmoil can worsen chronic pain, since mental anguish can actually often manifest into physical pain. The two go hand in hand, because all too often when you are feeling bad physically, you feel just as bad mentally and vice versa.
Sometimes, this is for a practical reason: when you are physically in pain, and you get upset emotionally, you tend to tense up your body more, thus making the physical pain worse. Moreover, depression and having the blues can make you feel a host of physical ailments, from nausea and stomachache to headache and aches and pains all over your body. When this happens, it makes whatever chronic pain you are having seem even worse.
One of the best things you can do when you have chronic pain is be positive and find ways to relax. For instance, if you can calm your mind through meditation, then you may be able to get some control over your emotions as they relate to the chronic pain you are experiencing on a daily basis. Yoga and other soothing exercises can help with this as well; even getting out and taking a simple walk around the neighborhood gives you just enough fresh air and movement that your body and mind start to feel better.
Moreover, if you engage in talk therapy about your chronic pain and let out those negative emotions of anguish and frustration, you may find that you feel better physically as well. The more you do to relax your mind, the better control you can exert over your chronic pain and the better, overall, you may find that you feel.