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25 Ways to Manage Emotional, Mental and Physical Pain

By Jennifer McDougall

When we feel overwhelmed with the amount of physical, emotional, and mental pain that can come at us in all channels of life, its no wonder people take to great strife for relief. Those who are suffering from physical, emotional, or mental pain often times find themselves indulging in the use of drugs and alcohol to “ease the tension”. This is not the answer though. In fact, drugs and alcohol usually only make matters much worse. Rather than reaching for prescription drugs or consuming alcohol, here are 25 healthy alternatives to help manage the pain you’re feeling:

  1. Locate exactly where the pain is coming from
  2. Reflect on what it was that caused you this pain in the first place and what is causing it to get worse or not ago away
  3. Schedule acupuncture treatment by a professional
  4. Avoid the use of drugs and alcohol
  5. Learn to take control of stress with deep breathing methods
  6. Low impact exercises 30-60 minutes a day such as yoga, Tai Chi, walking, swimming or scenic hiking
  7. Write in a private journal every day
  8. Avoid cigarettes and nicotine
  9. Take a scenic drive with soothing music and the windows down
  10. Eat healthy foods regularly (lots of omega-3, and whole grains)
  11. Drink plenty of water every day – hydration is so important
  12. Watch a funny movie, or feel good movie to bring comfort back into your life
  13. Read an insightful and thought-provoking book or novel
  14. Take a walk outdoors, if you can
  15. Talk to someone you can trust about the pain you’re feeling
  16. Indulge in a 20-30 minute warm Epson salt and lavender-infused bath with soft lights and music before bedtime
  17. Hypnosis and guided imagery
  18. Guided Meditation or meditation of your choice twice a day
  19. Go for a light swim if you have permission to access to one nearby
  20. Herbal remedies and supplements
  21. Massage therapy
  22. Hydrotherapy
  23. Go to your local Chiropractor to have your spine realigned
  24. Get enough sleep and allow yourself to relax
  25. Let go of any guilt or shame you have been carrying around

 

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