Chronic pain can be an extremely difficult condition to live with and it can affect our mood, anxiety levels and ability to function. It can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint what is causing the pain, but that does not make it any less real.
Chronic pain can be debilitating and stop you enjoying life and living it to the full. Conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome can cause discomfort and embarrassment on a daily basis. This can cause additional stress which exacerbates the problem.
Reducing the anxiety, low mood and sleep disturbances that often go hand in hand with chronic pain can help you cope better and lessen its negative impact on your life. It can also re-focus the mind and help your brain ‘override’ signals which contribute to your physical sensations.
When you improve both physical and mental relaxation and make suitable lifestyle changes, your quality of life can improve.