Everyone has stress, but letting it pile up can cause undo
strain on your body. If you already suffer from a painful condition like
osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage in your joints
wears down over time, the extra stress can add to the pain you feel in your
hands, knees, and other joints.
Healthline has 10 ways to relieve stress to help reduce
pain. Follow these simple tips and you could be on your way to reducing the
stress in your life and therefore helping ease the pain you feel from
Easy walks, swimming, and biking can all help reduce stress in your life.
Exercise can take your mind off the day's worries. Even better, exercise helps
release endorphins, which are hormones that give us a "happy boost."
As with any exercise, ease into it and consult your doctor to make sure you
won't add strain to your body's current pain.
Well, Lose Weight
Being overweight can add strain on your body and further cause pain in your
joints. By changing your diet, you can naturally lose weight, and depending on
the type of food you eat, it can help reduce stress. Add fresh fruits and
vegetables, whole grains, and food high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon,
walnuts and olive oil. When you start losing weight, you'll also start feeling
better about yourself, thus reducing mental stress.
Regular massage is a fantastic way to relieve stress. By allowing yourself to
melt into a table while a trained massage therapist works your muscles, you
forget about things that bother you. An hour on a massage table can loosens
muscles and joints, and help release harmful toxins in your body.
Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese treatment, allows your body's energy to flow
more openly by strategically placing thin needles into specific points in your
skin. By helping your internal energy flow, you can help reduce stress and
possibly aid in the healing of specific pain.
When things build up inside us and we don't talk about them, our stress levels
rise and can cause other physical problems to manifest. By keeping a journal,
you give yourself a personal outlet to purge your mind of the negativity. After
you write, go back and read your entry aloud to yourself to further push it out
of your mind.
and a Bath
Pour a glass of wine, light some candles and descend into a warm bath or
Jacuzzi. Giving yourself this "me" time lets you relax in a private
environment while the stress of the day melts away. Red wine contains an
antioxidant called resveratrol that has been linked to reducing blood clots and
increasing "good" cholesterol. And the warm water in the tub can help
relieve some pain you feel in your joints. You can always add different salts
and soaks to your bath to increase relaxation. We recommend Epsom salt for its
natural pain-relieving abilities.
People have been practicing yoga for centuries, and its impact still has great
relevance today. Performing Hatha or Iyengar yoga helps stretch your muscles
and internal organs, builds strength, and brings internal harmony to your body
while relaxing your mind. And if you practice yoga even once a week for 90
minutes, it can help reduce stress to your joints, relieving pain.
Meditation helps calm your mind. Start by either sitting on the floor in a
cross-legged position or in a chair with both feet on the floor. Take deep
breaths and try to focus on a point in your mind, clearing your thoughts. The
meditative act will help you slow your breathing and focus your attention away
from burdensome thoughts.
Channel your stress into a creative outlet, like photography or painting.
Sitting down at a canvas or taking a camera out with you on a walk in the city
or country lets you focus your attention in a creative space.
with Children and Laugh!
Kids often have the ability to make us laugh with their unbounded energy and
imaginations, and laughter has proven benefits to reduce stress and tension in
the body. When you laugh, you release powerful endorphins that deliver warm
feelings, further relaxing you and your muscles.