Supporting Your Mental Health While Living With Chronic Pain
Along with physical symptoms, living with chronic pain can wreak havoc on patients' emotional and mental health. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to cope with this reality.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
When living with chronic pain due to an injury or illness, it isn’t uncommon for patients to also experience heightened levels of stress. Unfortunately, this can exacerbate symptoms associated with your unique condition and can even lead to further health complications down the road.
This makes it important to find ways to effectively manage your stress levels. Some simple ways to do this include:
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Mindfulness meditation
- Positive affirmations
- Exercise within reason
- Get a massage
- Take a warm shower or bath
- Light aromatherapy candles
- Spend time with loved ones
While you may think of journaling or keeping a diary as a juvenile activity, there’s actually evidence to support that writing your thoughts and feelings down can help to support your mental health. In fact, keeping a journal can help yield the following emotional health benefits:
- Reduces stress levels
- Supports healthy mood regulation
- Supports critical thinking and decision-making skills
- Helps you to track your symptoms and emotions
- Helps you identify triggers for pain and emotions
Join a Support Group
Although it’s easy to feel like no one else can truly understand what you’re going through, you don’t have to navigate your negative thoughts and feelings alone. When it comes to living with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses, there are plenty of support groups to connect you to others who you can relate to. Not only does this give you an opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings, you can also build meaningful relationships too.
Neuropathy Treatment in Addison & Tyler
Peripheral neuropathy can cause pain, tingling, and numbness that negatively affect your quality of life. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on drug therapy to simply manage your pain; advanced technology can help to address the root of the problem. At Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas we provide our patients with drug-free, customized treatment plans that utilize electric cell signaling treatment (ECST to help regenerate damaged nerve tissue.
Don’t continue to put up with your neuropathy symptoms. Call (972) 441-5634 to schedule an appointment with our team of specialists today.