COVID-19 Anxiety and Pain

By Lorraine Faehndrich

Resources to relieve anxiety and pain

Anxiety and pain often go hand in hand. Most women with pelvic pain experience anxiety. In fact research has shown that the majority of women who have vulvodynia experienced anxiety prior to vulvar symptoms.

Even if you weren’t feeling anxiety before you had pelvic pain or before COVID-19, it’s likely you’ve been struggling with it since.

One of the top questions I get from my clients and women in my community is, “How do I relieve this constant anxiety and pain?”

So many women are waking up feeling anxious and sometimes their fight or flight response is triggered all day long.

Maybe you can relate. If so, know that you are not alone, and you CAN overcome this.

Anxiety, like pelvic pain, is a symptom of suppressed emotional energy and stressful thinking. You relieve anxiety using the same tools you use to relieve pelvic pain.

In fact one of the main benefits I see from the Healing Female Pain program, in addition to pain relief, is anxiety relief!

When you know how to be present in your body, lead your mind out of stressful thinking, and welcome emotional sensations, anxiety and pain go away.

Simple as that. Sometimes in minutes.

Of course, it takes practice to learn the tools, but once you know them and use them, they pretty reliably bring in-the-moment relief.

If you are struggling with anxiety right now, there are so many resources on my website that can help you get started with this, and I wanted to give you a few.

I’ve laid out the steps to anxiety relief in my blog post How to Relieve Anxiety, and look at how to access the underlying messages anxiety can bring in my article What Is Your Anxiety Saying to You?

If you’re having anxiety specifically around sex, check out my post 5 Steps to Overcoming Anxiety Around Intercourse.

And if your anxiety is related to the coronavirus, you may want to start here: Everything is going to be ok.

I want you to know a couple things first though if you’re struggling with anxiety right now.

1) Anxiety is 100% normal.

Even under normal circumstances, I don’t know a woman with pelvic pain who hasn’t struggled with anxiety.

And right now with COVID-19, things are not normal.

Whether you’re dealing with stress and emotions around having to stay home, trying to work and/or have kids at home full time, being alone 24/7, or worrying about finances or yourself or loved ones getting sick, there is a lot going on right now!

This is an emotional time for everyone, and increased emotions increase anxiety and pain, such as pelvic pain, without effective tools and strategies to keep them flowing in healthy ways.

2) Anxiety is totally changeable.

The tools that shift anxiety and pain are simple and they work (often more effectively than medication).

The difficult part is to actually USE the simple tools. This can be tricky because of the ways our mind avoids being in our body. So it may take some strategies to get started when you don’t necessarily want to, or your mind is telling you it won’t work.

What I can tell you is that these days I can pretty reliably relieve anxiety (on the rare occasions I feel it) in 5 minutes or less using my breath and a paper and pen. And that’s coming from someone with a history of both debilitating anxiety and depression.

You can relieve anxiety, and doing so will help you relieve vulvodynia and pelvic pain.

There’s nothing wrong with you. You just need the tools and understanding to help you do it.

If you’d like more support with the process than the above resources provide, consider the Healing Female Pain program. It’s set up to take you step by step through the process (to relieve anxiety and  pain, along with other mind body health issues) and right now this cutting edge women’s health program is over 50% off!

If you have any questions or would like more one on one support with this right now, hit reply and let me know. I’m here to support you.

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