As Jo and I have previously mentioned in articles, stress is at the root of many health issues. Currently many of us are under more mental strain than we could have imagined, and this often leads to feelings of anxiety, irritability, tension and more painful sensations than usual. As stress changes our physiology, there can be further changes such as problems with digestion, mood, and even hormonal problems of the thyroid and sex organs.
We are looking at pain this time, and our colleagues at Haavik Research have produced this brilliant video which I can share with you here:
What can you do about it? Taking time out from your day is key: important times to do this are after eating and before bed. If your body is allowed to come out of its “fight or flight” mode at these times at least, then you will find digestion and sleep get a chance of improvement. Please ask for our stress and anxiety helpsheet for more information. Ways that you can do that include reading a book, using relaxation techniques, and exercising (Jo has written a great article about that here with specific reference to children). Try to also avoid eating late, consuming too much alcohol or sugary foods, and you should notice your health improve over a few weeks.
As always, if in doubt, please ensure you contact a relevant health professional: not all consequences of the lockdowns and pandemic can be managed alone. Blood tests, counselling, food intolerance tests and in some cases, medication, may be required to help you if problems have crystalised into medical conditions. If you feel you need help with aches and pains, postural strain or have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
Be well, and this too shall pass.