05 Sep Tips to Reduce Stress
Stress affects everyone, but if you are living with chronic pain, you may find that stress can increase and worsen your pain symptoms. Because of this, it is necessary to find methods and techniques to help you cope with and manage your stress levels.
While the same plan may not work for everyone, here are a few helpful tips to help reduce stress.
- Get enough sleep. While it may seem obvious, good sleep is vital to stress reduction. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
- Eat a balanced diet. Eating balanced diet is an important part of your overall wellness. Certain foods can reduce stress hormones in the body, too. Because of this, eating well can be useful to reduce stress in your life.
- Meditation. Stress can often come when you focus too much on the outside world and neglecting yourself. To help reduce stress, try taking just 10-15 minutes a day to be alone and focusing on your body and breath.
- Breathing exercises. Deep breathing can be a very useful tool for stress management. Taking a few moments regularly to sit or lie and just breathe deeply can help reduce stress and make you less anxious.
- Physical activity. Exercise, at any level, can be beneficial to reduce stress. Setting aside time for physical activity can help you blow off steam and alleviate stress. Even light physical activity like taking a walk can lower stress levels.
- Calming hobbies. Whether it is reading a book, knitting or something else, engaging in a hobby or activity you enjoy can help reduce stress and calm you.
Managing your stress is an important step in managing your chronic pain. Taking a few moments for exercise, breathing, hobbies and more can help you reduce the stress in your life that may be increasing your pain symptoms. Remember to always seek advice from your doctor before starting any diet or exercise routine[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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