Learning to Cope: Stress Relief for Endometriosis Sufferers
When you are stressed, your body tends to tense up, which can worsen the pain you are experiencing. On the other hand, the pain itself can lead to stress, creating a vicious cycle. By learning to control your stress, you can also gain better control of your overall health.
Most importantly, reduce your exposure to people and places that cause you to feel stress. You should make an effort to do something you enjoy every day.
It can be as simple as drinking a mug of herbal tea, taking a bath, or chatting with your friends. Whatever it is, it should be something that brings you pleasure.
Breathing and relaxation exercises are another excellent way to de-stress your body and mind.
Here is one relaxation exercise that is recommended for everyday, especially when you are experiencing pain:
- Find a place that is quiet and free of distraction. Sit or lie down and close your eyes.
- Starting from your feet, focus your mind on every part of your body up to your head. If an area is causing you pain or discomfort, breathe in deeply, and when you exhale imagine yourself releasing that tension.
- Once you have done that with every part of your body, imagine yourself in a relaxing place, such as in front of the ocean or in a field. Allow your mind to create a complete picture, and let yourself become immersed in it.
For more information, read an article on coping tips for endometriosis.