It is hard to relax when you are in pain. Crohn’s Disease isn’t content with just one type of pain, it has an entire reportoire of sensations to delight you with… Although there are painkillers available, both prescription and over-the-counter, these come with other effects in addition to painkilling such as constipation, nausea, dizziness and drowsiness. This means that sometimes people with Crohn’s prefer not to take the painkillers, but still want to relax. As some of you know I am a Yoga Teacher and so effective relaxation is something I am very interested in.
There are three types of realxation: Physical, emotional / spiritual and mental relaxation.
Physical relaxation includes things like massages, baths and naps.
Emotional / spiritual relaxation includes things such as informal social support from friends
Mental relaxation – includes activities and techniques that can help alleviate mental stress such as meditation
- Have a laugh – laughter is a great way to relieve stress. It doesn’t have to be hours of belly laughs, but having a session with things that you find hilarious can help lift your mood, relax you and hopefully decrease the pain you are in. When you have the chance, have a think about what really tickles you and maybe make a note of it. (For me it would include Michael Mcintyre’s ‘Man Drawer‘ sketch; Monty Python’s Holy Grail and Life of Brian and
- Go Swimming
- Take a Warm bath
- Have a relaxing massage
- Put your feet up with a good book
- Relax in bed with a hot water bottle and a movie
- Go for a walk and get some fresh air
- A nice cup of tea / coffee / hot chocolate and a short break
- Have a beauty treatment such as a facial or a pedicure
- Watch feel good or funny movies
- Carry out some breathing exercises
- Take some exercise
- Listen to music or an audio book
- Follow progressive neuromuscular release techniques
- Consciously relax your neck, jaw etc
- Spend time with family and friends
- Do something speical or thoughtful for someone else
- Devise, shop for and prepare a special meal