Updated: Jun 23, 2021
Do you ever notice your pain gets worse after a long and stressful day? Or that you feel so much more relaxed when you're on vacation?
Why does pain worsen with stress? Well, our mind and body are actually connected. So when the brain perceives a stress signal, it interprets it as danger and notifies the body to tense up to prepare for fight/flight/freeze to better handle the situation. Often, we continue to hold onto this tension even after the initial stress signal and can lead to chronic pain. This is why mindfulness practices can be helpful to increase awareness and reset your body to a state of calm and relaxation.
Watch my video on instagram for a guided body scan/body awareness meditation exercise.
I invite you to take a moment and think about...
What stress feels like in your body?
Do you always have certain areas of tension?
How do you like to unwind and relax?