Friday, April 30, 2010

Three Ways to Address Emotional Pain

When your head or tooth is aching all you have to do is pop a painkiller and wait for a few minutes. But what about if you are experiencing emotional pain? Regardless of reason, painkillers are useless in addressing the latter. To help ease emotional pain, try out these suggestions:

Get active.

Although emotional pain can render you sluggish, fighting it by getting active would work wonders. Walk, run, swim, hike, dance, or play sports. Choose any activity you prefer. Accordingly, the brain releases endorphins, the brain's natural feel-good chemicals, every time you get moving. This works to dull your emotional pain, giving you an overall relieved feeling.

Divert your mental focus.

Although you need to ponder on the issue in order to come up with the best way to resolve it, dwelling too much on it, especially your pain would only drag you down further. Diverting your mental focus by concentrating on other activities or issues could work. Or you could try changing your perspective by viewing the matter from a positive angle.

Have some fun.

Duuhhh...This is self-explanatory, right? If emotional dramas are bugging you, then cheer yourself up by doing activities you find pleasurable.

-Maricel Modesto

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