There is no doubt that life is stressful.  Living with persistent pain just adds to those stresses.  Living with pain and disability has certainly caused me financial concerns, partly caused by the loss of my teaching career because of my condition.  In addition I have experienced all of life’s other little stresses, including work difficulties, the stresses related to being self-employed and the illness of a close family member. 


It took me a long time to understand that being under significant stress would have an impact on my pain condition, but it does!  I have learnt over the years to actively avoid as much stress as I reasonably can in order to optimise my pain condition.   If I haven’t been able to avoid stress, for example when a family member has been ill, then I have taken the time to learn to deal with it better.


I can’t eliminate stress from my life, but recognising the impact it has on my experience of pain has helped me manage and cope with my situation better than I might otherwise have done. 


I hope these resources will help you understand the impact stress can have on your wellbeing, and pain, and maybe support you better dealing with it. 

Stress management

Stress and trauma

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1. Embrace the 'new you'

2. Understand pain

3. Understand YOUR pain

4. Know your pain triggers

5. Make plans, set goals

6. Pace yourself

7. Track your progress

8. Improve your sleep

9. Manage health conditions

10. Move and exercise

11. Improve your nutrition

12. Support your mental health

13. Relax and be mindful

14. Do things you enjoy

15. Attend to life stressors

16. Access clinician support

17. Ask for, and accept help

18. Help others understand

19. Review medications

20. Make adaptations, use aids

21. Return to work / education

22. Engage and socialise

23. Volunteer / help others

24. Explore resources

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