Chronic pain often causes patients to suffer from their daily activities and, in fact, people with chronic pain can feel negative emotions such as being depressed and helpless due to partial loss of mobility. In addition to taking proper care of their own pain, patients with chronic pain must also manage their emotions properly, because both physical and psychological health are equally important to us.
What is the association between chronic pain and mood?
Pain can be felt because the body sends a signal to the brain, and the brain is the center of emotional feelings, so pain and emotions can interact. For example, pain can lead to increased stress and depression, while stress and depression make the pain even more intense. The following two items are the most common correlation between chronic pain and psychological factors.
Pressure caused by chronic pain
If the body feels pain, it can be stressful. Pain has a physical and psychological impact on our body, resulting in a lot of problems. There are many physiological diseases that often lead to stress, including hypertension, heart disease, faster breathing and heart rate, obesity, diabetes, muscle tension or muscle cramps. These physiological diseases may cause other problems, such as fatigue, sleep problems, changes in appetite, and eventually melancholy and anxiety.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, but effective stress management can directly reduce the intensity of pain in your body. The first step is to recognize your stress. For example, if you can’t sleep when you are tired, or when your sleep is interrupted, you can feel stressed. Here are 9 signs of stress that you can easily identify.
Memory problems, such as inability to concentrate, and lack of judgment.
Anxiety or rapid change of mind, emotional disturbance, inability to relax.
Frequent worries, tense habits, such as nail biting, pacing back and forth.
moody, feeling lonely.
Feeling as if you are unable to condone anything.
Eating abnormally. Having the need to eat more or less.
Sleep too long or insufficient.
Delay or negligence.
Drinking, smoking, addicting drugs to seek self-relaxation.
If you have the signs mentioned above, it is recommended that you seek help from your physician or psychologist. Counseling psychologists can help you manage stress effectively, such as meditation, meditation or breathing exercises, to relieve stress and relieve your pain.
People with chronic pain are often accompanied by melancholy conditions. When you suffer from pain for a long time, chronic pain will bring negative emotions such as you might feel pessimistic and helpless, and at least 2 out of 3 people with depression can increase the pain. Stress, and depression has some effects on the body, such as:
Gradually not interested in sex.
Also, if you have the following symptoms, you may have depression:
Often feeling depressed and melancholy.
Often feeling sad, angry, worthless or despair.
Lack of vitality.
Lack of interest to participate in group activities or do not feel happy after attending the event.
Difficulty falling asleep, or having trouble sleeping, or having difficulty maintaining sleep.
Increase or decrease in appetite, leading to weight gain or decrease.
Floating thoughts of death, suicide or self-harm.
How to manage self-emotions?
A common treatment for people with chronic pain is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an approach that helps you change your mind through a professional therapist. With the guidance of your therapist, you will get new and positive ideas, and put away the negative thoughts in your mind. During the course of treatment, you will reduce your level of fear of pain, and increase the feeling of ease. After the treatment, it is certain that your self-emotional control will become more active and healthy.
Here are 8 tips to help you improve your thoughts and reduce your pain:
Don’t let pain dominate your life, invest in activities that will make you happy, always keep a positive attitude.
Accepting the fact that your body has a sickness and understanding that daily life is also limited by the inconvenience of pain.
Know the limits of the body and play the maximum role of physical energy within the limits.
Stay in good health with low-impact exercises such as stretching, yoga, walking and swimming.
Stay in good social life, call friends and family when you have time to talk, ask them to go out for a meal or for a coffee.
Participate in patient support groups to provide support, accompany and care to patients with chronic pain.
When you feel pain in your body, find a way to transfer it as much as possible, such as making fun of things and ideas to help you relieve the pain.
Always maintain positive thoughts and attitudes while not giving up hope for treatment. Most patients with chronic pain change their mind and live in harmony with the pain.
Take prescription medications on time, so you can deal with pain more effectively. After taking medications, a consulting psychologist can help you find the most appropriate routine.
If you feel as if you have depression or have difficulties with emotional control, consult your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor may prescribe medications to help you improve emotional changes caused by stress or sadness.