19 Aug Stress and Pain – Naturally Eliminating Both
Psychosomatic is becoming a phrase of the past as more and more doctors are coming to accept the connection between the mind and body as the two relate to illness and pain. Headache stock pictureThat headache you’ve been suffering from may not be all in your head after all. Stress does not cause pain directly, but it can certainly aggravate existing symptoms by increasing inflammation as a result of excess cortisol coursing through the system.
Daily stressors from a hectic lifestyle result in inflammation on a cellular level which can compromise the immune system and make the body more susceptible to disease. Inflammation is also associated with auto-immune disorders, asthma, and arthritis.
Taking steps to minimize stress and release the feel-good hormones of endorphins (the body’s way of eliminating excess cortisol and adrenaline) will naturally alleviate stress, and stress-related pain.
Five Steps to Stress-Free, Pain-Free Living
• Strike a Power Pose – Yoga, qigong, and tai chi are often recommended as part of treatment plans for women suffering from fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis and chronic back pain. Recent studies have also indicated that standing with your hands on your hips, with your feet hip-width apart, in what some specialists are calling “the Superman” pose can have instant stress-reducing effects in as little as two minutes.San Diego pain clinics
• Meditate Daily – If standing like Superman for 2 minutes can dramatically combat the damaging effects of stress, imagine what twenty minutes of meditation can do. Guided meditation makes entering a meditative state easy as it often suggests images which help gently focus the mind.
• Make a List – Stress simply can’t exist in a peaceful mind, and there’s no better way to achieve a serene state of being than to write down a list of all the things you’re grateful for. Start small with a gratitude journal, writing down 3 things you’re thankful for each day.
• Sleep More – Eat Less – Rather than reach for the empty calories contained in processed foods, make healthier snacking decisions by reaching for fresh fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in whole foods and plant-based sources is a fantastic way to alleviate chronic pain naturally, which often results in more restful and restorative sleep as well.
• Stick to a Schedule – Get organized from the inside out. Make healthy eating and exercise a daily priority, and stick to it. Barter and trade with neighbors and friends for things like housekeeping and childcare if these are the sorts of concerns that would normally derail your healthy lifestyle changes.
A Professional’s Opinion on Pain Management
Wanting to take charge of your health and take a hands-on approach to your pain management is noble and commendable, but it’s always wise to seek the opinion of a trusted professional before adopting any sort of new routine that may effect your health.
A life coach can help with meditation and getting organized, and a nutritionist can help with the dietary changes, but when it comes to making dramatic lifestyle changes with the goal in mind of eliminating the chronic pain associated with disease a physician’s opinion is best.