The Connection Between Stress & Pain

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Ever wonder why you feel a headache coming on when you’re stressed? Do you feel your muscles ache when your stress levels go up? How about chest pains and stomach aches when you feel stressed out?

The reason why you feel pain when you are stressed is because there is actually a connection between these two. It has been noted through studies that there is a close connection between pain and stress. The pain a person experiences due to stress is because of constant exposure to stressors and the inability to keep this stress under control.

Too Much Stress is Bad

While stress is a natural constant in your life, occurring due to the challenges that you face day in and day out, having too much of it is not good. Too much stress can be brought about by constantly being exposed to challenges that trigger your fight-or-flight response. If you are living a life that puts you in situations that make you feel threatened a lot of the time, chances are, you have chronic stress, and this is not good.

Chronic stress can result in both emotional and physical problems. Emotional manifestations of too much stress include constant irritability, low self-esteem, depression, and even restlessness. Physical manifestations include low energy, insomnia, constant bouts with common ailments, and a variety of aches and pains. Pains that you can feel when you are chronically stressed include, as mentioned earlier, headaches, stomach aches, muscle pain, and even chest pain - to name a few. 

People who are chronically stressed can also experience digestive problems such as diarrhea or constipation, palpitations, dry mouth, and even constant nausea. These are not good symptoms to have and can lead to more problems if not addressed. Problems that can result from chronic stress include hypertension, diabetes, mental health issues, cardiovascular problems, and gastrointestinal problems.

How to Live a Better Life Free of Stress and Pain

To prevent chronic stress from resulting in more serious health problems, you need to find a way to manage it. In short, to live a healthier life, you need to properly manage your stress. You need to be able to dissipate stress before it becomes a health hazard for you.

How do you do this? Some people may say that this is impossible to do given that life these days is tough and stress is already something they face multiple times in a day due to circumstances. Some people may even say that the only way to get rid of stress is to live an altogether different life than what they are living right now, which is usually an impossibility.

So, how do you manage stress and get rid of the pain that comes with it? One way you can do this is to engage in regular relaxation methods that help alleviate both stress and pain. Some of the options you have include the following:

Meditation – trying to calm your mind, releasing your worries, and centering yourself are just a few of the things you do when you meditate. When you learn how to do this, you end up in a relaxed state which helps relieve you of stress and the pain that it brings.

Massage – getting a regular massage to help relieve both physical and mental strains that your body is experiencing. You can live a relatively pain-free life if you indulge in regular massage therapy. The reason why massage helps with stress is because it alleviates the physical pain that it brings, loosening up tight muscles, improves blood circulation, and helps relieve tension. It also invokes feelings of calmness, relaxes the brain, and stops that flight or fight feeling that stress brings.

To live a stress-free and pain-free life, you need to start doing things to lower your stress levels. While life can and will bring challenges that will invoke your stress response, you don’t have to let it rule your life and give you the pain that it sometimes brings. Engage in stress-management therapies like meditation and regular massage therapy to reduce stress, relieve pain, and to allow you to live a healthier life, free of ailments that are caused by stress.