Everyone of us experiences pain every now and then. By this I mean regular, physical pain. I want to describe 3 of the numerous possible ways to cope with pain, even to make it go for good.

1. The 6 step approach

If you have some local pain that’s bothering you, find a quiet place where you could sit, close your eyes and relax for several minutes. Then do the following steps:

  1. Locate the pain in your body.
  2. Identify the shape of the pain.
  3. Identify the color of the pain.
  4. Identify the taste of the pain.
  5. Identify the smell of the pain.
  6. Find a container suitable for the pain and imagine how you put the pain in it. The container can be anything: a bowl, a box or anything else that comes to your mind.

How to identify the shape, color, taste and smell? Just concentrate on the pain for a second and ask yourself the question: "What shape (color, etc) my pain is right now?". The first thing that comes to mind is what it should be.

Now, the way to use this 6 step approach is to repeat the steps until you can’t locate the pain (which, by the way, means that the pain is gone). This may take a few iteration.

You should also pay attention to the changes in your answers. If for 2 consecutive iterations you give the same 6 answers and the pain is still there, then it means that you should stop doing it as it doesn’t help anymore than it already did.

This is a very simple and effective way to deal with a lot of types of pain in your body. Try it and you’ll be surprised!

2. The chinese acupressure point.

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture but instead of inserting needles, a pressure on the points is used. This may have a weaker result than needles but it’s easier to use "on the go".

There are many acupressure points to reduce one’s pain, different points for different types of pain. But we want it simple, so we’ll learn the basic one.

The point is on the palm of the hand between the thumb and the index finger.
With the thumb of the right hand press on this point on the back of the left palm. At the same time, with the index finger of your right hand press at the same point from the inside of the left palm. This way you press on it from two direction.
You may also apply gentle round motions in the point, preferably in the counterclockwise direction. Hold this way for several minutes until pain goes away.
You can also switch hands.
The pressure should be firm, even painful, on the palm itself.

This particular technique is especially good for head and teeth pain but can help with other pain types as well.

The benefit of this technique is that it doesn’t require a quiet place or closing your eyes, so you can just use it at the office, or walking the street.

Update: See  Research: Acupuncture reduces pain  for a related info.

3. Take a pill.

I probably shouldn’t be telling of taking pain reducing pills on this site but since the above methods may not work for you at the specific time or for the specific problem, you might need to resolve to taking a pill. The reasons that I mention it here are these:

  • The above methods might not work or you don’t have the time to do them.
  • I put it under number 3, below the natural methods to show you that taking a pill should not be the default choice. Try the natural way first, and only if doesn’t help, go back to the chemicals.

Later I’ll post several techniques for dealing with specific types of pain.