There have been several studies proving that stress increases lingering pain. When a person has long lasting pain it can defiantly become stressful. High levels of stress cause the brain to become imbalanced and potentially cause anxiety attacks. Added stress elevates pain levels and decreases the body’s natural ability to defend pain. Emotional pain such as sadness, depression, and anger all contribute to chronic pain.
Stress management is extremely important because most people often have negative shift in emotion which leads to stress and chronic pain. Automatic thought is when someone is going through a tough time and they began to think negatively about themselves. One part of stress managements is dealing with stress by doing some detective thinking. Think about the truth of certain situations both the good and the bad. Then try to focus on the positive things and assure yourself that things are not as bad as they seem.
Just how we experience physical pain, emotional pain is not much different when it comes to stress. Emotional pain is caused by the mind and it may be defined as is the perception of an event that is perceived to be painful. Most emotional pain is created by our own self. There are different ways of dealing with this type of pain and it starts by changing our perception. Just because someone may say something hurtful, those hurtful things don’t necessarily have to be absorbed or taken personal. Sometimes it’s best just to stop and look at that person saying the hurtful things and just watch them. Most time people say and do certain things because they have their own personal problems and it is them who is hurting inside.
It’s also a good practice to forgive people who cause us to stress out because most of the time, people don’t mean to say or do these things get us all worked up. Forgiving people is the like therapy because it helps you release some of that stress and tension from what was said or done to you as an individual. If a grudge is held, it allows you to revisit that emotion stress and pain that you felt in the past which holds you down and does not allow you move forward and grow as a person.
The best way to deal with chronic pain and stress is to practice using your diaphragm. The diaphragm is the primary muscle of inspiration. It has several level of contentious control which helps you processes, feel, and release emotions that are bottled up inside. Deep breathing helps alleviate the stress when dealing with enduring pain.