BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? According to Psychology Today, more than 43 million Americans suffer from some form of mental illness or condition. Mental health conditions can affect anyone, but those with chronic pain are particularly at-risk for conditions like depression and anxiety. ...

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a great day to get outside and explore, but did you know that being outdoors can also improve your overall wellness? We might have heard before that fresh air can do us some good, but how? There are many health benefits associated with getting outdoors. Keep reading for several health benefits of being outdoors...

In life, we cannot avoid stress entirely. Stress can come in both “bad” and “good” experiences. Bad stress may be from a busy schedule, finances, health issues or a recent death in the family. Good stress can be come as a wedding, birthday or excitement over an upcoming trip. Whether good or bad, stress can affect the body's ability to regulate metabolism, sleep and other bodily functions like digestion and blood sugar. That's why it is important to understand how to manage stress with mindfulness...

tress is a concern for many Americans and commonly affects those with chronic pain. Yoga for stress relief can help you relax and manage stress. ...

For those with chronic pain, an important aspect of pain management is acknowledging not just the physical sensation of pain, but also the emotional, social and psychological toll it can take. Living with chronic pain can mean also living with anxiety, depression and social and relationship issues. That’s why it is important to focus on treating the whole person....

Stress can be a major trigger for chronic pain patients, and work stress can be particularly difficult to manage. Whether you work in an office, factory, home or anywhere in between, we are all affected by work stress. Here are some tips to help...

Oftentimes there is stigma that is associated with chronic pain. A chronic pain diagnosis is life-changing and can be difficult to understand. Because of this, the added stigma of a chronic pain diagnosis can make it much more difficult. Whether it is a lack of belief or judgements from others, this stigma can be harmful to those who experience chronic pain....

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Understanding chronic pain can be difficult, especially if you’ve never experienced it yourself. It can particularly difficult to adjust to family and friends experiencing chronic pain. You can often end up feeling helpless or sad that loved ones are unable to participate in things they once enjoyed. Having a strong support system is important for chronic pain patients, so here are a few tips for chronic pain friends and family to help adjust to and understand the diagnosis. Tips for chronic pain family and friends:   Listen. Chronic pain can be difficult to explain but listening to friends and family who experience it can help you better understand and empathize with them. Since chronic pain doesn’t affect everyone the same way, it’s important to understand how it specifically affects your loved one. Ask. Chronic pain patients may be afraid to ask for help due to fear of being a burden, the stigma of chronic pain or a number of other reasons. Simple tasks like grocery shopping and cleaning can become difficult with chronic pain symptoms. Asking your loved one if there are tasks you can help with is a good show of support and can help reduce symptom-increasing activities. Understand. While it can be difficult to understand the effects of chronic pain without experiencing it yourself, try to understand and empathize how chronic pain affects your loved one’s life. Stigma around chronic pain is common and many people may think pain is “all in a person’s head,” but understanding that chronic pain is a real diagnosis with real symptoms is essential for family and friends of chronic pain patients. Show up. Whether it’s showing up physically or just to talk, being there for your friend or family member with chronic pain is important. Having a good support system...

Happy new year! If you have goals and resolutions for 2019, then you might be wondering how to keep up your progress. For many of us, we start the new year with great intentions, but it can be difficult to stick to your resolutions. ...

Can meditation help with your chronic pain? Pain can be related to stress when we focus too much on the outside world. Many studies have been done recently, as physicians and mental health professionals turn toward the understanding that holistic health means healing the body and the mind. As a result, meditation practices have gained respect as a legitimate alternative chronic pain management treatment....