When we are under stress it causes a cascade of hormones and reactions to flow throughout the body. Non-essential bodily functions shut off, energy producing functions kick in, blood (along with it’s immune and repair gadgets) goes to where it’s needed most to get us out of danger. When we’re running from a tiger that makes sense, the body doesn’t need to be digesting food or healing wounds when you’re about to be eaten alive. Once the threat is over the body goes back to healing and repairing, sending the relaxation hormones into motion and putting the fight, flight, or freeze hormones back in the box until next time.
Validate Your Pain. We don’t hear that everyday, especially when we’re going through something that contains pain, either emotional or physical. We usually hear, “be strong,” “it can’t be that bad,” or “you’ll have to learn to live with it.”
I found an article that resonates so clearly with my experience, that acknowledging the pain is the very first step to getting through it. True, it’s been said that we attract what we spend the most time thinking about, even if we’re trying to think of a way to avoid it. But, the more we ignore pain the more it refuses to go away. When we try to “tough it out,” pain doesn’t just go away like a rejected friend, it takes up residence and it’s not the ideal roommate. So check this out, there’s a link to the whole article at the bottom. Leave a comment, whether you agree or disagree.
Contrary to what some might believe, depression is an illness just like any other. It has causes and symptoms just like any other illness. The symptoms of depression enable the diagnosis of the condition since the brain can’t be cut open to find the cause of a “disease.” Recovery begins first with the diagnosis made by discussing the symptoms, then with the treatment. You are not “crazy” if you are diagnosed with depression. You have an illness, just like any other illness – treatable and not something you can wish away.
Do you have an injury or illness that causes pain? Does that pain keep you from getting enough quality sleep? What can you do to ensure you have the best chance to sleep well when you’re dealing with unrelenting pain? If you can’t sleep, how do you need to adapt the following day? This article from the website Invisible Illness Week shares the story of one woman who frequently has this experience, so maybe you won’t feel quite as alone. Your comments for healthy ways that have helped you cope are invited.
How to Get Some Sleep When the Pain Won’t Go Away!
by Shari Smith
It’s perfectly natural and normal to feel some anxiety about an upcoming surgery. After all, you will be experiencing a period of time that you have very little control over, and the outcome may be uncertain. The fear of the unknown – the what if’s – run around in our minds before any procedure that has risks. Many scientific studies have shown that our emotions can impact our immune system’s ability to function optimally. Using medication to calm one’s anxiety is standard procedure in hospital settings, but that takes the control of anxiety symptoms out of the hands of the patient.