Go on a Mental Holiday to Reduce Your Pain

listening to musicThis is a great way to reduce your pain and can include the following activities that will make you seem like you are on holiday and will assist to reduce your stress and even your pain.

  1. Meditation holiday – Ensure you are sitting in a comfortable position and your surroundings are quiet. It may be worthwhile to invest in some noise cancelling headphones. Close your eyes and use a count down from 20 to put you in your favourite holiday spot.  Visualise everything around you and take yourself back to that holiday spot.  Remember the sights and smells.  Stay in your holiday place for as long as you can.
  2. Try drawing or painting a picture – This could be painting a picture of the sea, the countryside or something else that makes you feel relaxed. If you are new to painting, consider trying sketching first.  This activity allows you to concentrate on something different and release your stress.
  3. Go on a walk – Go somewhere where you feel relaxed and can look at your surroundings. Notice every leaf on the tree.  Feel the ground under your feet.  Take notice of the wind on your face.  Can you smell anything?  What does it smell like?  Engross yourself in your surroundings.
  4. Listen to your favourite sounds. These sounds will help you to reduce your pulse and make you feel relaxed.  This music could be sounds of the sea, an orchestral piece (at 60 beats per minute or slower) or rainforest sounds.  Imagine you are there at the sea, rainforest or watching live music.  Ensure your breathing is slow and regular and take in all the sounds.

For more strategies that beat pain, check out the Beatpain App available from the Apple Store and Google Play.

Meditation Strategies that Improve Pain Management

long road to pain managementThere are so many meditation strategies out there that can give you relief from pain.  You need to find a meditation that suits your personality and medical conditions.  Here are several meditation strategies that may be suitable for you:

  1. Mindfulness Meditation – Jon Kabat-Zinn is a person who has successfully used mindfulness mediation to improve pain management. Several Guided Mindness Meditation strategies can be downloaded from You Tube.
  2. The Headspace Meditation App assists individuals with many different conditions. This app can be downloaded from the App store.
  3. The Cleansing Pool is a guided meditation technique that can be accessed at You Tube.

To obtain benefits from meditation it is advised that you find time every day to do the same meditation technique.  Complete the same meditation for a week and see if it reduces your pain and improves your mindfulness.

Talk to others about their pain management techniques as they may have a favourite meditation that suits them.  Your friends may be able to advise you about pain management techniques and strategies that have worked for them.

For more information about pain management, find out more about the Beatpain app today at the Apple Store or Google Play.