Are you having a bad pain day? Physically? Mentally?
Join the crowd. Believe it or not, it is RARE for any human being to make it through a week without some kind of “pain”.
PAIN: physical or mental suffering or discomfort. Agony, torture, ache, throb, sting, torment, hurt, twinge. Bother, effort, sadden, grieve, distress, perturb, oppress, and more…..
Whether used as a noun or a verb, pain is a word we are all too familiar with, and that is for certain.
“Is there any way to get rid of pain?” you might ask. The answer is not a simple yes or no. I wish it were, as it would make everyone’s lives so much easier to live.
Here is the answer we all want to hear: YES, some pain will go away. For instance, if you twist your ankle – within time and the right treatment and the pain will go away. There are many instances in which pain will diminish and disappear.
Now, here is the harsh truth no one wants to hear: some pain will never go away. The physical pain of a wound or injury can dissipate with healing. Down the road, however, our human body “may” suffer residual effects from injuries early in your life. Arthritis may affect you as you reach retirement age. There is no guarantee either way. You may suffer pangs of memory of the earlier injuries or wound with a weakness – or you may not!
That’s life! No guarantees!
As far as pain from a divorce, or the pain from the agony of a bad breakup or sadness of the loss of someone you love, AGAIN, there are no guarantees how long you will suffer mentally from those incidents.
So what is the point of this post? I can tell you from A VAST ARRAY OF BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL over a lifetime, there are ways to put pain on a back burner and not on a pedestal!
USE YOUR BRAINS! Switch from the emotion of pain to your intellect! As I have said to a few people when they asked how I have handled all that has happened to me, I just tell them ‘I AM MENTAL!” I am.
Not unstable, not crazy (except in a good way), but mental in the way that I learned long ago to switch from emotion to intellect, and THEN REACT to your pain. Emotion sometimes makes us hang on to feelings that should be long gone. And, I know from personal experience, that we humans are MUCH STRONGER and MORE CAPABLE than we usually give ourselves credit for; perhaps in some people, it is just not knowing how much we can handle.
I am only able to spend a bit more time on this post today, but as a beginning, here are some tips to handle mental and physical pain.
1. Use your oxygen. When we feel any pain it is a natural response to slow or stop good breathing. We cut off our oxygen supply that is needed to be intelligent and make the best choices. Breathing can be your secret weapon. If its good enough to help women through childbirth (and I’ve had three children), it surely is good enough to help all of us begin to be in charge of our PAIN.
2. Do not believe what anybody tells you about how your pain will be terrible and forever. That is BS. Do not be overwhelmed by anyone else’s opinion, even the “practicing physician”.
- Think in terms of” I can and I will” whatever – when we think we create brain cell impressions and we actually begin a path of becoming wheoever we think we are!
- Be realistic. I KNOW without a doubt that I have to deal with some residual effects of a major surgery that had last May. It is a LONG story, but because of some really careless and negligent health “professionals” I believe nerve roots were killed, and not just damaged. Therein, I must learn to live with some changes that absolutely drove me nuts at first. I must also live with some pain. I have accepted it, and am moving onward and upward.
No body says it is easy to use your wits instead of falling on your emotions, but it is easier than you may think. We are creatures of habit. If you get into the habit of thinking and living certain ways, you can REALLY improve the quality of your life. It may be a challenge at first, but we humans are way stronger than we can even imagine. We are made to survive!
I do have to close to begin dinner for my hubby, but lastly I need to mention, if you believe in God, believe in the power that is available to you through prayer. That is my greatest defender and healer. If you don’t believe in God, then for goodness sake, say a pray to heal anyway once in a while. It can’t hurt – right?
CREATE your life. Create your healing. It can be done! Just keep thinking that you are “mental” – in a good way! If you ever want to know my “challenges” to see where I am coming from, let me knowm and I will share at sometime. But what is important now is HEAL, BABY, HEAL! For yourself, for your family, and because life is just lots more fun when you are the captain of your ship.