Sleep is important for everyone, especially chronic pain and trauma survivors, who often suffer from insomnia. In this post, I talk about some helpful habits that surrounding sleep and bedtime, otherwise known as sleep hygiene. I often talk about sleep hygiene in therapy when I am helping someone with insomnia, and now it’s time for me to apply these tips myself.
Many of us fall into the classic holiday trap of trying to make everything perfect for our families — the right gifts, the right meals, the right decorations ... it gets exhausting. As a recovering perfectionist, I get it. The idea of a perfect holiday is alluring, but at what cost? Often, the cost is our health. So how do you stay healthy and sane during the holidays?
Yoga and clinical hypnosis both help with chronic pain. They involve attention to bodily sensations, and this is very helpful for improving chronic pain. Often we do not pay attention to what our bodies can do, and that can prevent us from having the relationship to our bodies that we would like to.