2. Listen to Happy Tunes
Do you have a “Happy Mix”? While you should make one, according to a study from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Findings show that when a group of 143 participants listened to their favorite tunes while experiencing a painful shock, they suffered lowered pain as they became more engaged in the music.
3. Get Some Shut Eye
It turns out your mom was bang on—a good night’s sleep can heal your pain and your health woes. So says Lisa Shives, medical doctor and founder of Chicago’s Northshore Sleep Medicine clinic, “Sleep allows for cell repair…for your immune system to fight off illnesses.” While sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on your overall health and wellbeing.
4. Get Things Off Your Chest
Catharsis, or the process of releasing repressed emotions has both a mental and a physical benefit when it comes to health. That is why experts at the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists believe that talking it out or “getting it off your chest” provides not only stress-relief, but also pain relief by releasing feel-good endorphins in the brain, which can physically lower the discomfort of inflammation-related pain.
5. Distraction Tactics
There is something pretty powerful about distraction tactics when it comes to pain relief…squirrel! According to a research study from Japan’s Yokohama City University Medical Center, using positive distraction techniques (or mental images like watching television, listening to music, or a book on tape) to relax and focus patient attention away from discomfort was able to reduce their overall pain perception.