Endometriosis can affect several parts of your life and well-being. From experiencing excruciating pelvic pain to feeling isolated from friends and family. Even though everyone’s pain is different, The Center for Young Women’s Health article says you should think of your pain in two ways: The physical pain you experience, and the pain’s impact on your life.
The physical pain may consist of painful periods, pelvic pain or painful sex. Experiencing discomfort and pain may also take a toll on your daily life. Some women have reported to feel anxiety over missed school or work, frustration over the inability to participate in sports or group activities and isolation from their loved ones. Endometriosis can even impact those close to you. The pain and stress can create tension between you and your significant other, friends and/or family.
Managing chronic pain
Acknowledging the pain and its impact in your life is the first step to managing the stress caused by chronic pain. Next, figure out when the stress peaks. For instance, how do you feel when you must cancel plans or when the pain gets in the way of attending school or work. Write your physical and psychological symptoms down to determine what emotions are trigger by endometriosis.
Finally, here are some ways to manage the stress to help relieve pain:
- Sleep 8-9 hours a day
- Meditate daily
- Take naps, if needed
- Exercise regularly, or as much as possible
- Eat healthy meals each day
- Stay in touch with friends and family through social media or in person
- Incorporate yoga into your life
- Have a plan and share it with the people close to you in case a “flare-up” occurs
- Talk to a counselor or behavioral specialist about your stress
- Create a list of things that make you happy and try to do one thing each day
- Keep to routines as much as possible
It is important to communicate with those close to you to reduce the impact that endometriosis can have on your daily life. According to SpeakEndo.com, some women have found it helpful to educate those around them on what endometriosis is and its painful reality. Also, if plans must be canceled, don’t be afraid to explain the reasons for not attending. Remember, the most important thing is to take care of yourself.
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