Pain often causes people to stop doing the most meaningful or enjoyable (fun) activities in their lives. The result is a steady withdrawal from family and friends. Your world starts to get smaller and smaller as the focus is on surviving day-to-day. Yet, this is the worst thing you can do if you want to improve your pain. Research has shown that people with high levels of positive emotions and a sense of well-being have less pain, are more active, and lead more fulfilling lives. In this session we will explore ways that you can bring more positive activities and greater meaning back into your life.
After watching this webinar, you will be able to:
- Describe the neurobiological relationship between emotional stress and physical pain.
- Discuss how positive affect can act as a resource for individuals with chronic pain.
- Explain how increasing positive affect and other resilience factors can result in improved functional status in people with pain.
- List several easy-to-implement interventions that can improve resilience and positive affect.
Afton L. Hassett, Psy.D.-Associate Research Scientist, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Michigan