Great job, you have made it to the end of the education content for Week 3. This week we covered the link between stress, worry and pain. We looked at the body’s stress response and how stress management, sleep hygiene and relaxation techniques can help you. We covered a range of strategies to help you implement these skills in your daily life, including a step by step guide for relaxation, mindfulness practice, managing worries and improving your sleep.
As always, it is important that you practice these skills regularly. Practice may seem tedious at first, but it is incredibly important when learning any new skill. Over time, you will be able to use the skills with ease. If you predict that these skills won’t work for you, try to stick with us. After trying them out, many people are surprised at how simple, yet effective, these strategies are. Next week, we will add to your pain management toolkit by learning more about the role of thoughts and how to challenge unhelpful thinking.