Black and white tree in shape of a face with leaves separating from tree at top right, with text overlay: Friends Friday: Find Out How Chronic Pain Affects Mental Health

Friends Friday: Find Out How Chronic Pain Affects Mental Health

Did you know September is Pain Awareness Month? I don’t write as much about fibromyalgia or pain conditions as I used to, because I focus more on overall wellness topics now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a big part of my life, and many others’ lives. Chronic pain doesn’t just impact our physical dimension of wellness; it affects other dimensions as well.

As we talked about last week, our dimensions of wellness aren’t independent of one another. They’re interconnected, and when one area of wellness is affected, others can be as well. I found a perfect example of this in my lovely friend Caz’s post on Invisibly Me this week, so I wanted to share it with you.

How Chronic Pain Can Impact Mental Health

Please pop over to her post, How Chronic Pain Can Impact Mental Health to learn the ways chronic pain can affect our mental health. This is something many of us don’t really talk about and that others don’t even realize is going on inside our heads. Caz paints a realistic picture of just how much our physical and mental/emotional dimensions of wellness can be intertwined.

Here’s what she says about her post:

While I want everyone to remember that the chronic pain community has their back and that they should be confident in asserting themselves for the sake of their healthcare, this post isn’t designed as a pep talk. Nor is it supposed to be a pity-party.

 It’s merely a look at the ways in which chronic pain can impact a person’s mental health, giving those on the outside a better understanding of it, and those living it a little comfort in knowing that others may also being going through what they are.

Caz, Invisibly Me

I hope you’ll stop by and give it a read. Whether you live with chronic pain or not, you may find it helps you understand how our dimensions of wellness can impact one another.

As for my post, I’ll be publishing my next post on Wednesday. I’ve decided to go back to my old posting schedule, as I tend to stay away from my computer on the weekends. That means I haven’t been as quick to respond to comments sometimes, which I don’t like. My relationship with all of you is what I treasure most about this blogging gig.

I promise to stay put this time!

Blessings,

~ Terri

7 comments

  1. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your weekends away from the computer. That I think is critical to our mental health. That is the main reason I’m not active on Social Media, it takes to much time and drains you. Have a great weekend. I’ve been working on something but keep changing my mind on the angle. I like yours today.

    1. Thanks so much Mel! I agree that getting away from the computer is good for our mental health. It’s easy to just get sucked down the rabbit hole and spend all day on the computer if we’re not careful. Good luck with your new project – I’m sure you’ll get it all figured out soon. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

  2. Yes, chronic pain does impact every little corner of our lives Terri as you know!
    One of my daughters was recently diagnosed with FM too, my heart broke for her, the last thing I would ever want her to go through was chronic pain as I have & everything that goes with the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia! 😢
    But at least I know what she’s going through so I can support her from that insight.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. I’m so sorry to hear your daughter has Fibromyalgia Jennifer. The one thing we don’t want for our children is for them to be in pain. As you said, at least you know what they’re going through and are better equipped to support her from your own experience. I’ll be praying for her, and for you sweet friend. Blessings to you!

  3. Awww thank you so, SO much for sharing this, Terri. That means the world to me. Writing a post like this is tricky, especially when you aren’t really advising on how to counteract those mental health points of impact, you’re just discussing them. It’s also one of those types of posts that you don’t want people to like and understand because that means they know all too well what it’s like. I’m really glad you like the post and thank you again for sharing it – you’re the best 🤗💜
    xxxxxx

    1. You’re very welcome Caz! It was an outstanding post, and one that can really be helpful for anyone, not just those of us who live with chronic pain. You bring up a great point about it being tricky to bring something up without offering solutions, but in this case, the goal was to raise awareness. In addition, as you know, with mental health, everyone’s solution will look different. We all have unique brain chemistries and ways of handling things, so I think sometimes just gaining awareness that these issues can arise when we deal with chronic pain is enough. You did a fabulous job sweet friend! Sending hugs!

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