When you’re feeling pain in any area of your body, you want to get relief, and you want to get it fast. But before you reach for the over-the-counter pain meds, try the following strange yet effective pain management tips that you likely haven’t heard of or tried yet.
Perform Breathing Exercises
One of the ways that you can reduce pain is by breathing deeply, much like you would learn to do in a yoga or a meditation class. When you slow your breathing rate by 50%, you can experience far less pain, even during pain inducing procedures, like getting a vaccination.
By focusing your mind on your breath and slowing each inhalation and exhalation down, you’ll basically be deactivating the body’s fight or flight response, as well as distract your mind from the pain.
This is one of the easiest pain management tips to implement, as all you have to do is take an inhalation to the count of four and then exhale to the count of four. If you can inhale and exhale for longer, you can do that as well, and you can further calm your nervous system by inhaling for four and exhaling for eight seconds.
Listen to Music and Move
Individuals who suffer from pain may find relief if they keep their bodies moving. But in addition to exercising regularly, you can also play some music and move along to it for even more relief.
A small study in Scotland found that women who had rheumatoid arthritis were able to walk farther if they had a pair of headphones and they were listening to music. While music won’t actually stop the pain, it will take your mind off of it.
Smell the Scent of a Green Apple
If you feel a headache starting, grab a green apple scented candle and sniff it, or sniff the real thing if you have it around to eat. A study found that when people were suffering from migraines, they felt more relief when they sniffed green apple than when they weren’t exposed to the fragrance. It’s possible that the scent can help to reduce the muscular contractions in the neck and head, thereby reducing pain.
These pain management tips might seem strange at first, but give them a try. You may be surprised by the power that they have to at least reduce your pain by getting your mind off of it.