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.

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