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Stress affects everyone but we know that if you have ongoing pain, stress can make your pain feel worse. So learning how to manage stress is helpful.
Stress cannot be avoided entirely. A certain amount is good for you. It provides you with the energy that motivates you to attempt challenges and to make changes in your daily life. It can focus your attention and spur you into action. However, too much stress is a bad thing. It can affect the way we think, act and behave. Too much stress can prevent us from dealing with long-term pain effectively, and can in fact make pain worse.
Thankfully, there are solutions to this. This factsheet is designed to help you come up with your own solutions to problems with stress. If you want more information, then go to the ‘Get More Information’ section of the patient online platform, if you’re registered with the pain service. This website is accessible at http://somersetpain.co.uk. If you’re not registered, there is more information at the same website under the ‘Get information/resources’ section.
An information video on stress management hosted by Kirti Leitch, Specialist Nurse Pain Management at Somerset Community Pain Management Service.
Try 6 tips to help you be happier, more in control, and able to cope better with life's ups and downs.
Ten stress busting tips from the NHS website.
Chronic pain and psychological stress go hand in hand. Three sources of stress can be identified for chronic pain sufferers.
A wellness module from Canada for coping with stress.
A booklet that will help you understand how stress is affecting you and what you can do about it.
This self-help booklet is divided into eight sections. It is aimed at helping you gain a better understanding of:
• What stress is and how it can affect you
• What causes stress and keeps it going
• Effective ways to control and manage your stress
A patient guide from Plymouth Hopsitals NHS Trust for recovery using the Hyland Model.
Resaerch report from the Mental Health Foundation as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018.
A paper from the US National Library of Medicine. An in-depth academic look at the overlaps between Chronic Pain and Chronic Stress.
Learn more about anxiety and skills to cope with it.
Our self help materials cover a range of mental health issues and are mini workbooks, offering information but structured around short exercises to help you recover.
People with Health Anxiety have an obsessive preoccupation with being seriously ill. This paper explains the vicious cycle of Health Anxiety and what you can do to help yourself.
If you are in need of some support, this self-help book can help you cope better with anxiety.
Help yourself with this helpful paper on Anxiety, it's causes and what you can do about it.
From the Mind Charity this explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
Paper from US National Library of Medicine discussing how:
This factsheet from the team at Somerset Community Pain Management Service covers:
Our holistic classes are lower intensity, which will help you improve flexibility, strength, posture and range of movement. Helping your stress fade gently away and leading to total body fitness and mental calm.
Would you like to manage unhelpful thoughts, stress, anxiety, depression or chronic pain better, and live life more fully in the present? Learning mindfulness practices could help, as shown in numerous scientific studies.
Free guide from the Stress Management Society to help people reduce and manage their stress
This website provides firsthand accounts of how people managed to deal with pain through a combination of relaxation and distraction techniques. Read on to find out more.
For registered users
How do I register?
If you have been referred to the Somerset Community Pain Management Service and have received your first appointment letter, you will have been given access to Patients Online at the same time and told how to register. You can do this at Register, below.
If you've received your first appointment letter but are unable to register on the platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for our Patients online service
Get information, take action and be supported
Join our online community of other people managing pain with the Somerset Community Pain Management Service