Most people think that experiencing pain is inevitable. Pain makes us human. Pain is part of our lives and without it, we cannot appreciate life at its best. Well, this is partly true. Yes, we do experience pain but suffering in pain is optional. For example, if someone dear to you has hurt you, you might feel pain and betrayal. However, the longer you suffer from pain is something that you should decide on your own.
The Good Thing about Pain
People are taught that pain is dangerous and it can tear them apart. However, pain is a type of feeling. If you don’t feel pain, you are not normal. Without pain, you can never appreciate all the good things life has to offer. How can you truly love someone if you don’t want to feel the pain? Pain, no matter how negative the term, is something that you should experience. Pain is meant to wake us up. It means that something has to stop. If you feel pain for doing something, stop doing it. If it pains you, what’s the point of doing it anyway? You don’t do something because you want to feel pain, do you?
Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional
Sometimes, when we feel pain, we tend to hide it. We fool the world and let them think that you are not hurt. This is not correct. Pain is something that you should carry, like a radio. Do you know why those people who experience pain seem to be stronger and braver? This is because with pain comes a new source of courage. If you feel pain, show it to the world. You have the right to be hurt. Do not let society destroy your freedom to feel pain. However, do not let pain define you. Instead, use your pain to combat failure. You once felt pain so make sure you don’t go back and feel it again and again. After all, being hurt is a normal feeling but choosing to get hurt all over again is being stupid. When in pain, choose to improve yourself rather than letting the pain destroy you.
Pain Management: Managing Your Pain beyond Your Beliefs
If you were able to manage your pain, you can improve the quality of your life. There is always a reason for pain and pain, whether, physical, emotional or psychological can be managed. If you don’t know how to implement pain management, you can start following the strategies below:
- Relaxation techniques.
Many people believe that some pain doesn’t go away and they just have to live with it. Sad to say these types of people are living in an unhappy life and don’t have a taste of total happiness and freedom from pain yet. Good thing that there are several ways to alleviate pain – be it physical, emotional, or psychological pain – and it includes relaxation. The breathing technique that comes with relaxation will help the person calm his or her nerves and eliminate stress. For physical chronic pain, consider doing physical therapy. The therapist will help the patient gain back his or her muscle’s mobility and reduce physical pain. Acupuncture or dry needling are also common alternative treatment for pains which involve placing needles in the pressure points of the body to rebalance the body’s flow of energy.For stress and emotional pain, yoga and meditation can be very effective. Whatever pain you may feel, yoga will help you calm your mind, rejuvenate your physical body, and balances your emotion.
If you believe that taking medicines could make you addicted to drugs, this is wrong. Sometimes, it’s best to rely on medications because certain drugs will act as pain killers blocking the pain signals from reaching your brain. It is important to consult your physician first before taking any medication so that you will be prescribed the correct medication at the right dose for your pain levels.
- Focus on the good things.
One effective way to combat physical or psychological pain is to have a positive outlook on life. Always believe that after the rainy days, the sun will come out and rainbows will appear. Let go of the bad experiences and memories and focus on the happy ones. If you feel emotional and psychological pain, think about happy thoughts and the people who love you such as your family and friends. Sometimes, all it takes to manage your pain properly is counterpunch it with good memories and good things.
People who are experiencing stress, depression, or emotional pain caused by another person or event may be advised to undergo counseling. Counseling sessions and hypnotherapy are offered to help the patient minimize depression until they will be able to move on and have a positive outlook on life again. Some people are in pain longer than usual because they are afraid or don’t know how to approach it. With the help of counseling, they will be introduced to different techniques on how to address pain and triggers of it.
- Awareness and planning
This is the simplest yet the most effective way to manage emotional pain. Think of it this way, you are going to meet your friends in the afternoon and you know that it will rain, will you bring or will you not bring an umbrella with you? Under normal circumstances, you will plan on bringing an umbrella with you or anything that can protect you from the rain. If you allow yourself to be aware of what could causes you emotional pain, you can plan on how to avoid it or at least minimize its effect on you.
Often it’s hard to deal with pain especially if you carry false assumptions and beliefs about it. However, there are several ways to handle pain the right way –you just have to go beyond your beliefs and trust more reliable and tested methods of handling pain.