Reducing stress to manage endometriosis
Stress can harm your health and increase endometriosis pain. Follow these tips to relax.
If you're struggling with pain and fatigue caused by endometriosis, you may frequently find yourself feeling stressed and anxious. You might also deal with pain in negative ways, such as by dwelling on it and what it's preventing you from doing. But high stress levels aren't good for your overall health and may lead to increasing endometriosis pain and mental health issues.
By taking time to relax and coping in positive ways, you can reduce your stress and better manage or even lessen your endometriosis pain.
To reduce stress while dealing with endometriosis, consider trying:
- Mindfulness. Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Some studies have found it improved the quality of life of women with endometriosis. It may also help you deal with pain and control your emotions.
- Progressive muscle relaxation. In this exercise, you tense and relax various muscle groups, such as your arms, legs and core. Some studies have found that progressive muscle relaxation helped lessen anxiety and depression and improved the quality of life of women with endometriosis.
- Yoga. Yoga is a mind-body practice that may help reduce your stress, lessen your endometriosis pain and improve your quality of life.
- Exercise. Regular exercise may help reduce your endometriosis symptoms and improve your quality of life. It can also improve your sleep, which can help you manage pain.
If you have endometriosis and you're having difficulty reducing your stress or you feel anxious or depressed, talk to your doctor. He or she may suggest talking to a counselor or therapist.
April 01, 2020
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