How To Deal With Pain

 

Pain is an unpleasant feeling (right?!) that makes us want to stop and change our behavior. It's a sophisticated protective mechanism.

Personally, this is tender topic. I've devoted all of my resources to finding ways to deal with pain. I've come across a lot of stuff - and I can say THIS WORKS.

The philosophy:

Any evidence that the body is safe turns down the intensity of pain.

It is as simple and as difficult as that.

We won’t have pain when our brains weigh the world and decide that safety > danger.

 

 The interplay between  biological  (genetic, biochemical, etc),  psychological  (mood, personality, behavior, etc.), and  social factors  (cultural, socioeconomic, etc.) results in pain being persistent.  This is the biopsychosocial model.

The interplay between biological (genetic, biochemical, etc), psychological (mood, personality, behavior, etc.), and social factors (cultural, socioeconomic, etc.) results in pain being persistent. This is the biopsychosocial model.

 

Tips

  • Limit pain complaining.

  • Make notes daily about pleasant experiences.

  • Do mini relaxation exercises.


A Mini Relaxation Exercise

How To:

  1. Take your right hand and make a peace sign, then join those fingers and place them on your forehead, palm facing you.

  2. Close the right nostril with the right thumb, and inhale through the left nostril.

  3. Close the left nostril with the right ring finger, and exhale through the right nostril

  4. Repeat up to 15 times. Inhale left. Exhale right.


Benefits:

Improves ability to recover and cope with life’s difficulties, psychological poise, reduces emotional reactivity, helps us learn acceptance and how to enjoy life more, creates new habits, and relaxes muscle tension.

Scientific Evidence:

Activates Parasympathetic Nervous System - directs the body towards a calm state, enhances immune response, EEG studies of brain activity during meditative breathing shows Theta waves - associated with self-soothing.

 

Take care and give yourself plenty of safe moments.

This can literally CHANGE YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

Lauren Ziegler, RYT500, is a Yoga Therapy practitioner fueled by personal experience {read more here} She has 1000+ hours training plus clinical hours in pain and stress management. She helps people with aches, injuries and serious chronic pain.