An ordinary day comes packed with plenty of opportunities for stress. The car starts making a funny noise, the kids come home from school with colds or flu and your next door neighbor is practicing a drum solo, and your stress level is on the rise.
And suddenly, so is your level of pain.
Now imagine those everyday stressors arriving on a holiday or any day you celebrate a special event like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations as well as the biggies like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah. Now, in addition to worrying about the car and wiping the kid’s noses, you have to shop, cook and entertain. Even dressing up to be company at someone else’s party can be stressful!
The Relationship Between Stress And Chronic Pain
What is the relationship between stress and chronic pain? It goes something like this: Chronic pain causes stress and then stress exacerbates physical pain.
So what can you do to break this cycle and make your holidays and special days more pleasant? Here are some helpful ideas for reducing stress during holidays:
1. Don’t place undue demands on yourself just because it’s the holidays. No matter what you see on TV, there’s no rule that says your home has to look like Martha Stewart decorated it. You are not required to throw the ultimate birthday party or trick Santa into thinking your home is his workshop.
2. Reduce your exposure to stress-inducers. For example, give yourself permission to opt out of seeing family members or attending events that you find stressful. Much as you want to please others, your number one priority must be your own health!
3. Anniversaries, Easter, Valentines, Halloween, Christmas–they all seem to come loaded with candy. For your own sake, strive to keep sugar consumption to a minimum, as too many sweets can exacerbate pain. Health food stores often carry a wide variety of healthier versions of traditional favorites.
4. If you choose to drink alcohol, also try to drink more water, which will help flush out toxins that can increase pain.
Don’t go crazy shopping around to find the ‘perfect’ gift(s). The best gifts really are free, such as the love you share and the time you spend with your dear ones.
Do little extras that will help your body carry the extra stress load during the holidays. Massage, aromatherapy, even a steam bath or sauna are all things that can help your body deal with the extra stress and pain.
Give your body the ultimate gift. Seek appropriate diagnosis and treatment so you can live a life free from chronic pain.
Remember, holidays and special days are meant to be a time of celebration for everyone, including yourself. If your health issues are such that you need to limit your celebrating, don’t let guilt gull you into stressing yourself out. Be honest with friends and family, letting them know your situation. Most of all, be honest with yourself about your own needs and how you’ll meet them.
For an inspiring read, go to: Chronic Pain Challenges Us To Live A Fulfilling Life
For helpful ideas on combating depression caused by chronic pain, read: Depression Can Be A Serious Side Effect Of Chronic Pain
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Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain