Look at the threat vs safety article on this website for more on this.
Flare up Box
Some people have said they found it helpful to keep a little flare
up box somewhere safe with all the things in it they need if they
were experiencing a flare up. (Relaxation CD, TENS machine, favourite
film, a book, photos, quotes). That makes everything easy to find
if when you need at and also people reported that just knowing it
is there "just in case" reduced the their stress a little.
Learning from flare ups
An important factor that we gain from the experience of being in the
flare up pit is learning. We can learn valuable skills through difficult
experiences, if we then recognise this we can use our learning to
have a positive effect on how we deal with things in the future.
Flare-ups will happen due to the nature of long-term pain
There are warning signs that we maybe heading for a flare-up, if we
recognise these we maybe able to stop it.
It is important to have a flare-up plan so we know how to deal with
one should it arise. This will alter not only the impact the flare-up
has but also how long it lasts.