Stress Management Techniques for Back Pain Relief

Though may be someone used to fighting out problems on your own, back pain may be a problem that you may want to talk to about, as it can be a chronic problem made worse by stress. Back pain can really wear someone down, making it difficult to commute to work, do your job, or enjoy free time with your family. If you have chronic back pain (back pain lasting three months or more) it can become very stressful wondering if it will ever go away and not being fully in control of your life. Some people handle physical adversity better than others, but most are affected by pain to some extent, and may benefit from stress management techniques. Here are some stress management techniques that may help you cope with pain, or to make you more comfortable dealing with everyday life challenges.

  • If long rush-hour commutes are a stressful experience for you, and difficult on your back, you should research some better options that may be available to you. You may research the option of telecommuting. If the physical stress of sitting in the car for an hour or more, each way too and from work are taking a toll on your back, check with your manager or employer if you are able to work from home, one or more days a week. If this is not possible, maybe you should consider looking for another job that enables you to telecommute. If neither of these two options is available, you should consider moving closer to your jobsite so that you don't have to spend so much time in the car every day. We known that this might be an unfeasible option for you, if you are already committed to an apartment lease or a home mortgage. You may also check with your employer to see if you can change your work hours to start and end during non-peak traffic times. If, the time spent in the car on long commutes doesn't take too much of a toll on your back, but is a very stressful experience for you, than you may look at modifying your route to work or find another way of getting to work. Do you know another employee who has the same work hours as you who lives near you? If so, ask them if you could ride to work with them and offer to pay their gas money. To make it even easier for them, you could offer to meet them at their house so that they don't have to take the time getting to yours. Also, you may look at other ways of getting to work that aren't as stressful to you. Perhaps you live near a subway or bus line, and could get to work that way to spare you the aggravation of driving in.

  • If you suffer from arthritis or back pain, and also have stress or anxiety that overwhelm you on a continuous basis, you should consider keeping a sleep diary. A sleep diary can often help reduce your stress - and may even have beneficial effects on your pain and your disease. A sleep diary may help you to pick up on patterns of things that trigger your stress and anxiety, so that you may begin to monitor things that have worked, and things that have not worked, towards helping you cope with certain situations that could led to stress.