It can be often easier to be kind to others before being kind to ourselves but in the interests of our own health and well-being it is important to prioritise taking care of ourselves.
Neck pain and stress?
Researchers have found in studies that neck pain can be associated with less quantity and quality of sleep, working in jobs with high strain, being less physically active and low mood.
How to relax?
Some tips that can help reduce stress and assist with relaxation such as:-
- Take a break
- Focus on breathing
- Go outside
- Listen to music
- Tech check
- Picture yourself somewhere serene
- Be creative
- Active relaxation
For more information regarding this, please click on the link:- https://www.mind.org.uk/media/34727114/relaxation-2017-pdf-version.pdf
By practising relaxation techniques, you may find that you can combat stress which can help with pain management coping strategies.
If you would like to try a 5 minute relaxation session, you might like to try a podcast. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts/stress-and-relaxation-quick-fix-breathing-exercise
And remembering how we are advised on a plane by cabin crew to fit our own oxygen masks first before helping others, perhaps we should consider being kind to ourselves as well as others today.