Pain is relevant in our everyday life no matter how hard we try to completely get rid of it. From getting a paper cut to twisting an ankle — pain is evident and inevitable. However, there are many ways that pain can be eased from home in natural and calming ways. Skip the pills and try out one of these 4 methods next time you feel pain.
- Meditate: Meditating regularly can help build up thicker areas of the cortex, the part of the brain that affects pain, than those who don’t. This can mean that after meditating for a couple weeks you may build up a stronger tolerance to certain levels of pain.
- Don’t Think About The Pain: Half the pain we experience comes from psyching ourselves out and expecting pain. Avoid asking your friends how painful a certain procedure was in order to have no expectations going in. If you tell yourself that the pain won’t be that bad, it really won’t be!
- Talk To A Friend: Friends are the best distractions. They won’t make the pain go away but simply calling up a good friend and chatting on the phone for an hour can take your mind off of that pain you’re experiencing and actually make you feel better.
- Take A Deep Breath: Deep breaths are not only a good distraction and something to focus on during pain but studies have also shown that when women slow their breathing rates reported significantly less discomfort during a pain-inducing experiment. The measured breathing helps deactivate your body’s fight-or-flight response to pain and not feel as much discomfort.