Pain and depression go hand in hand, and the relationship can feed on itself. People in pain are often depressed because of their pain, and people with depression often experience physical pain and symptoms as a result of their poor emotional health. According to everydayhealth.com. chronic pain clearly affects emotional and physical health.
The connection between emotional health and arthritis pain flare-ups seems to be particularly strong in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Depression and stress are very common with RA, and persistent stress and chronic depression make arthritis pain and other symptoms even worse.
The good news is that stress management techniques and treatment for depression can also help you to manage your arthritis pain.
Boosting Emotional Health to Manage Arthritis Pain Start with these stress-busting recommendations:
Relax - treat yourself to some quiet time that is completely stress-free - don’t think about what you should be doing, your health, or anything that will cause anxiety. Instead, focus completely on an activity you enjoy, even
if it’s only for 15 minutes.
Breathe - practice simple deep-breathing techniques. Try breathing in and out deeply and slowly, letting every muscle in your body relax. Think calm, peaceful thoughts.
Get some exercise - moving, even in a limited way, will help your mind and body feel better, and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment from getting up and being active.
Soak in a hot bath - not only is this technique great for arthritis pain, but it’s great for your spirits too. Enhance the relaxation factor with some candles and soothing music while you soak.
Talk it out - talk to friends, family, or members of a support group about what you’re experiencing physically and emotionally - sometimes all you need to do is let your feelings out to feel better about them.
Ask your doctor - for help with emotional issues Arthritis can be a challenging disease to live with, but taking the right steps to boost your emotional health may help improve your physical pain as well.