Emotional and physical health go hand in hand. When aches and pain slow your progress, your condition can affect your overall mood. “Vice-versa” applies here as well, as studies have shown that issues with mental health can exacerbate symptoms of arthritis and other types of joint pain.
October is Emotional Wellness Month. With the year coming to a close, we continue to deal with pandemic issues as the additional stress of the holidays looms overhead. Thanksgiving and Christmas prep can prove stressful for the joints. Schedule changes with children back in school may also leave little time for relaxation. It’s important to take care of your emotional self in order to maintain healthy pain management.
What comes to mind when you think of emotional wellness? “Self-care” is a term with high visibility these days. Those with packed schedules may dismiss the idea, thinking there isn’t enough time in the day. Yet, clearing just five minutes a day for meditation can aid relaxation and emotional improvement. A study conducted by the University of Surry revealed that people who meditated regularly were less likely to experience stress and emotional wear and tear following negative experiences (source: Science Daily).
If five minutes is all you have to spare for the time being, it’s a great start to improving your emotional wellness. Take steps to make it a good habit. Stick to the same five-minute break each day, and meditate in the same place. Use an app or music if you feel it will help. Take note of your breathing and position as you meditate.
The main Bon Secours blog has more tips on maintaining good mental health. Contact Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists for more information on joint health and procedures to treat arthritis and fractures.