Suffering from chronic pain can be agonizing, both physically and mentally. It can be even more unbearable when medicine and conventional treatments don’t work to provide relief. The good thing is that there are other pain relief techniques that you can try, even though they might be a bit strange. The following six pain fighting methods are free – and you can do most of them by yourself. What are you waiting for to get started?
- Breath and stretch. Long, deep breaths and gentle stretching can allow your body to relax. You can do this no matter where you are or how extreme the level of pain is that you are experiencing.
- Reminisce. When you look at old photographs or think back on times in your life when you were happy, your body releases endorphins. When you have high endorphin levels in your body, you feel less pain.
- Imagine yourself in a romantic setting. A study conducted by John Hopkins researchers proved that people felt a lot less pain when they pictured themselves in a romantic situation.
- Meditate. People who mediate suffer less from anxiety and pain. Close your eyes and picture yourself in a calm and happy place. Imagine the scenery, smells, and sounds going on around you.
- Think positively. Use self-hypnosis to trick your body into believing it doesn’t feel pain. Remain calm and try not to overreact because you can actually feel more pain if you start getting upset.
- Talk to someone. Confide in a friend, family member, or support group. Speaking to someone else about what you’re going through can ease your pain and make it more manageable.
What pain relief techniques work for you?