Chronic Pain & Your Emotional Health

Chronic pain

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Chronic Pain & Your Emotional Health

Chronic pain can cause many stressors, not only to our physical health but to our emotional heath, as well.

Medication can provide relief from the physical pain. However, it can cause mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, or chronic elevated stress levels.

Additionally, chronic pain can trigger many negative emotions, such as worry, guilt, anxiety, and depression. Taking an integrative  approach to chronic pain can help to reduce these heightened emotions.

Taking good care of yourself is easy when you know what you need. However, figuring out what you need is not quite as easy.

 

These tips should help you to look after your emotional health when living with chronic pain.

 

Seek A Professional

 

Normalize and understand your feelings through working with a coach, counselor or psychologist. When you find a practitioner with whom you feel safe you can more easily talk through your feelings and emotions.  In the confronting of your feelings you may also find that you can move forward more easily. It is not healthy to hide your feelings. When we do so we can wreak havoc on our health and happiness. 

Cognitive Behavioral Coaching or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may you to understand your unique thought patterns as well as how to change them.

 

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You can reduce your anxiety and stress by talking about your feelings without hiding them.

 

Exercise 

 

Finding new exercise, or opportunities of movement, is important to replace the exercise that may be more difficult now. Try walking, yoga, or low-intensity exercises that suit you. This is a great opportunity to try something new.

 

Exercise After an Injury
Exercise After an Injury

 

Physical activity also enhances energy, self-esteem, fosters feelings of accomplishment, and helps to reduce stress levels. Start slowly, assess your feelings and decide how far you want to push yourself.

 

Mindfulness 

 

Yoga is especially beneficial to those who suffer from chronic pain. According to several studies, the yoga brain can reduce the perception of pain.

Practicing mindfulness in the day to day goings on of your life allows you to be more present. In tun you’d an also release yourself from self-judging behaviors. Accepting and self-managing issues motivates one to take action.

You can also use mindfulness to help you breathe through your pain during difficult times.

 

Avoid Overextending Yourself 

 

Set your own boundaries rather than simply doing what others expect you to do.

For example, if you are meeting a friend but only have a certain amount of time be honest and clear about your limitations. Adapt your lifestyle so that it can remain exciting and interactive, while also fitting your unique needs.

When you can’t or don’t want to do something, be strong and say no. Do not feel guilty for attending to your own needs.

 

Conclusion

 

These tips should help you to look after your emotional health when living with chronic pain.

From seeking the help of family or friends, seeing a therapist, working with a life coach or considering alternative treatments such as CBD there are many options. Of course if you are considering CBD do be sure to research any dispenser you are considering such as High Society, or any other.

Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them below. 

 

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.