Can you think of the last time you were enjoying an activity? Perhaps you were playing with your kids/grandkids? Maybe you were doing a hobby? Or watching your favorite TV show? What was your pain like? It was likely less! Now, let's take the other side. Think of a time when you were in bed all day due to a pain flare. You were likely having many unhelpful thoughts and intense emotions; perhaps you were stressed. All told, you suffered the entire time, as your pain seemed unbearable and you thought it would never end!
If you are like most people, your pain is worse when you rested in bed and less when doing an enjoyable activity! However, if you pushed too hard on the enjoyable activity, you likely paid for it with a new pain flare. That is because what you do actually can influence your pain. Working with a skilled pain psychologist can help you navigate the realm of pacing, getting you not to do too much or too little, as well as getting your life going again!