Pain is an unpleasant feeling that can be caused by injury or disease. It is often described as sharp, burning, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful. Although pain is a natural response to help protect us from harm, it can sometimes become severe or chronic.
Different Ways To Distract Yourself From Pain!
Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment. In fact, the pain has been found to affect up to 25% of the population worldwide. The good news is that there are 10 proven ways to manage your pain so you can get back to living your life.
1. Play a game
When you’re in pain and looking for something to distract you from it, consider playing a game. Video games are often touted as being good for relieving stress and boredom, but they can also be helpful in relieving physical pain, too. If you’re having trouble finding time to play video games due to work or other obligations, try setting aside some time during your lunch hour or after work so that you can enjoy yourself without feeling guilty about taking time away from other responsibilities.
2. Watch TV, or listen to the radio
Watching TV or listening to the radio may seem like totally opposite ways of distracting yourself from physical pain, but both methods can help relieve tension in your body and mind. If you’re watching television or listening to the radio because you want something entertaining rather than because you have no other choice (such as if you’re stuck at home recovering from surgery), then this is one of the best ways for dealing with physical discomfort.
3. Read a book
Reading a book can be a great way to distract yourself from pain, especially if you were reading it before the pain started. You just need to make sure the book is interesting enough for you to want to continue reading it. If you’re in too much pain, try listening to audiobooks instead.
4. Don’t be afraid to exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to distract yourself from pain. Exercise can also help lower your levels of stress and anxiety and improve your mood, all of which can reduce your experience of pain. A study done by researchers at Harvard Medical School found that exercise helped people with fibromyalgia — a disorder in which people experience widespread muscle pain — manage their symptoms better than medication alone did. The same study found that people who exercised were able to enjoy more physical activity during daily life than those who didn’t exercise regularly.
5. Call someone
So if you’re in pain, try calling someone and chatting about something other than your pain. Chatting with friends or family members can distract you from what’s causing your discomfort and give you a chance to express what’s going on inside your head.
6. Think about something positive or enjoyable
Try thinking about the things that make you happy or bring joy into your life, such as a hobby or pastime, family members or friends, pets, nature, and so on. Thinking about positive memories can help distract you from negative feelings associated with physical discomfort.
7. Do some yoga or prioritize sleep
Yoga is an ancient technique that can help relax your body and mind. It also helps increase flexibility and strength, which can relieve your pain for a short time after exercise. If you’re having trouble sleeping because of your pain, try some deep breathing exercises or relaxation techniques before bedtime.
8. Get your hands dirty
Whether you’re gardening or painting, getting your hands dirty can be incredibly distracting. It takes all of your concentration and focus, which means you won’t be able to think about anything else except what you’re doing right then and there. Plus, it will give you something else to think about besides the pain!
9. Eat something sweet or salty (but not both)
Chocolate and chips are two of the most popular snacks for stress relief because they release endorphins in the brain — chemicals that make us feel good and happy (or at least happier than we were before eating them).
10. Try meditation
Meditation involves sitting quietly with no distractions for 10 minutes or longer (typically 15 minutes per day). During this time, try not to think about anything specific; just focus on breathing slowly in and out through your nose without changing the rate of breathing at any point during the exercise.
Dr. Edward Zelman works as a general health practitioner with an expertise of over 15 years, helping more than thousands to get back in complete health through his research-proven treatments. He earned his Masters from Harvard University and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Edward Zelman is one of the notable names in the medical industry for his work in weight loss support, heart health, and so on. He is also a former faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At present, Dr. Edward Zelman is researching safe and effective natural remedies that can restore as well as maintain the youthful functioning of the body.