1. Pain is truly one of the reasons people give up. Thank you for the 5 suggested ways to deal with pain.

    For me, I like to meditate. And I use meditation to manage everything in my life, including pain.

    And I like the song – Don’t Give Up – too. Love Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. Watching the video brings lots of fond memories. And goose bumps. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Meditation is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative treatment to pain pills, and as a way for non-pain sufferers to reduce stress and live happier lives. So, I am big on meditation. As a counselor working in The Office of Mental Health, I know that several clients use meditation to manage anxiety and help them focus. As for Peter Gabriel, I’m glad you like the song “Don’t Give UP. He has several versions with other stars, but I think this one with Kate Bush is the best. I think it’s a beautiful and powerful song.

  2. Allison

    I love listening to music when I am having a hard time coping with my pain levels. When listening to music, I tend to put on some positive tunes and try to take some deep breathes to attempt to relax my muscles. Audiobooks are also a great distraction from the pain too. Taking about music, I love the videos. The song “Don’t Give UP”, by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush, really hits you in the heart. I’m glad you chose it because it fits your theme nicely. Thanks for sharing.

    • I’m glad you liked the video of “Don’t Give UP”, Allison. You’re right. From the moment I heard it, I though it would be a great way to summarize the theme of my post. It’s awesome that you picked that up. Thanks for checking in.

  3. Joel

    I really enjoy this discussion. It’s like having a forum on pain management. I want to chime in on meditation as a coping skill for persisting during pain. As good as mediation is for your health, and I believe it’s really good, not everyone is into mediation. What do you suggest for those people?

    • Thanks for the question, Joel. If you don’t like to meditate, try simple breathing exercises—take 10 deep, slow breaths in a row. I’m also a big believer in using a warm pool to support your body while it’s healing. The buoyancy of the water lets you enjoy the benefits of exercise with less pain. Exercising in water also helps regulate the functioning of nerves and muscles, relieving pain.

  4. Andrew

    Meditation is a great way to improve concentration, release feel-good hormones (endorphins), and decrease anxiety and stress. Through mindful meditation, you can control the way your body perceives pain. I have been doing it for several years now. This is what I do. I find a quiet, dark room and meditate for 5 to 10 minutes in the morning. This sets the tone for the day. When the pain comes, I am mentally prepared to deal with it. I won’t let it overwhelm and stop me from focusing on what I have to do.

  5. Timothy

    I like the idea of using music to get you out of your funk–no pun intended– and focus on achieving your goal of getting rid of your pain. In other words when we feel pain, we become frightened, frustrated and angry which makes us tense up hundreds of muscles in our back. Listening to music on a regular basis helps our bodies relax physically and mentally, thus helping to relieve – and prevent – back pain. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Tim,

      You’re very much on point. The latest study on music and pain management reveals that listening to music for about 25 minutes everyday for at least ten days can help prevent back pain and also make you sleep better.

      Which type of music is best? Experts believe any type of classical music such as Mozart or Beethoven can help relieve muscle pain. Calm, slow music is also thought to help. Thanks for checking in.

  6. Rose

    I love the idea that people should seek support groups to help them deal with pain. However, some people have very low socialization skills or none at all. This means they are unable or unwilling to participate in groups in their community. So the ability to reach out on the internet is huge. I think it was a nice idea to give out that information. I have been following your posts for a long time, and you keep getting better. I have become a big fan. You have a good heart and obviously care about helping people. Keep writing? I second that motion.

  7. Gregory

    I have never thought of using video games as a distraction from pain. However, I did read your post and found it fascinating. It gave me something to think about—another coping skill sort to speak. One can never have too many coping skills when it comes to managing pain. As of now, the old adage “laughter is the best medicine” rang surprising true for me. Watching a good comedy movie would take my mind off the pain. Thanks for this amazing post. Good stuff. Keep writing!!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Gregory. Yes, laughter is a great way to deal with pain and stress. Thanks for the thumbs up. It’s always a great feeling when readers find my work useful.

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