#BeatThePain with Positivity
Experiencing pain does not make us less human, it means that we are human. While pain can bring us all down, how we handle it makes all the difference in the world. It is maybe easy to let the pain take over our life and wallow in it, but keeping a positive frame of mind is much better for your long-term recovery. In fact, studies show that positive thinking about pain can reduce both the perception and processing of pain in the brain, the more anxious you feel the lower your pain threshold will be and the less tolerant you are going to be of pain. Here are a few tips you can use to bring positivity into your life and help you beat the pain.
- Don’t let the negativity build up: Waking up with pain isn’t easy and can get frustrating pretty fast, but dwelling too much on the discomfort can actually exaggerate it. Instead of cursing your pain or wondering why you had to suffer, think of how you can beat it instead. Use the forced rest as a time to take a break from your hectic life and cultivate a new hobby. In fact, maintaining a hobby is a great way to distract yourself from the pain. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a therapist or a counselor if you think your pain has taken over your life and your mind.
- Cultivate a positive outlook: Thinking positively changes everything. It stops letting pain control your life and helps you focus on getting stronger and start living again. It doesn’t just change the way you think, it changes the way you feel. Cultivating a positive attitude may seem irrational and one may think that it just means ignoring the present practicalities for rosy thoughts, it is not the case. In fact, a positive attitude lies in accepting the current situation and thinking rationally. When you think good, you feel good and when you feel good you become empowered and self-assured.
- Seek support from your family and friends: There is no argument to the fact that pain drastically changes our lifestyle. Going out, socializing and even enjoying a previously active life gets severely curtailed. People may feel inhibited by the troubles and may feel too depressed or embarrassed to reach out to their loved ones. But that’s the very mistake that people should be avoiding. Emotional support is a valuable tool for developing a positive attitude and recovery. Patients with strong support systems tend to recover faster and better than those without or with a weak support system. So reach out to them and accept their help and support to get you through this difficult period.
Maintaining a positive frame of mind isn’t easy and there are going to be good days and bad, but what is important is to not to let the setbacks get to you. Take each day as it comes and soon one day, what seemed impossible at a certain point in time will become a matter of course. Stay positive!