Chronic pain involves many physical and emotional factors. Psychological trauma affects us in ways we might not anticipate, including in our bodies. Here are some signs that trauma or PTSD symptoms may be affecting your physical health.
Often when we deal with chronic pain or chronic illness, we get caught in what is called the “boom-bust” cycle. What does this mean? Essentially, you have a big spurt of activity, push yourself to your limits, and then you crash. Read on for ways to get stuff done without the crash…
It’s normal to worry about your health from time to time, but sometimes it’s more than that. If your worries about your body affect your day to day life, you may be dealing with health anxiety. Health anxiety can be hard to deal with on your own. Read on to learn more about what you can do about health anxiety and when psychotherapy for health anxiety might be useful.
Winter takes a toll, no matter how much of a Midwesterner you are, and this year has been especially tough. I think we’re all a little worn out from snow days, shoveling, cars getting stuck…
So, how to cope?
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 counseling 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?