Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. Stress has a big impact on chronic pain and symptoms. Stress increases pain and pain increases stress. It is important to learn how to manage stress in order to help break the pain/stress cycle. Changing your view on stress is also very important. The TED Talk by Kelly McGonigal (listed below) is an amazing lesson on changing your view on stress.
See the following videos on stress:
- TED Talk – “Kelly McGonigal: Making Stress Your Friend” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGyVTAoXEU (14:28 min)
- TED Talk – “Happy Brain: How to Overcome Our Neural Predispositions to Suffering by Amit Sood, MD” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZIGekgoaz4 (18:06 min)
- “A Very Happy Brain” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZZ0zpUQhBQ (4:23 min)
In order to help manage stress after the PPRC, all patients are required to received a 6-12 months of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) after graduation. CBT is a common type of talk therapy that helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations. CBT focuses on how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors all influence each other.