What happens when you experience pain? The most common response to alleviate pain is to take a pain killer medicine. However, we can also sometimes overcome pain without the help of drugs. There are certain unconventional methods of reducing pain, which can be carried out without the fear of any side effect.
Forget your manners, to overcome pain simply swear, shout and curse. According to studies, swearing is not only a natural reaction to pain, but it is also a natural mechanism of alleviating pain. According to scientists, when we start swearing we activate certain parts of the brain, such as the amygdale. This part of the brain is programmed to trigger the appropriate response when we face a challenging or threatening situation. Every animal, humans being no exception, have two options to deal with fright – either face it or run away from it. Similar response is triggered when we start swearing.
Our heart rate increases, preparing the body to take action, in the process significantly making us less sensitive to the pain. While swearing, choose the words that will instantly offend you. After crying and swearing, you will definitely feel better. However, if you are suffering from chronic pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis, regular swearing will not be effective in reducing your pain in the long run. Swearing loses its effectiveness if the same words are repeated for a prolonged period.
Playing video games
If you suffer from chronic aches, consider playing an action packed video game. According to researchers, when we play an exciting sporting or fighting game, out brain is focused more on the game and less on the pain. Our sensitivity towards the pain decreases through distraction. However, you cannot reduce your pain by playing puzzles and arcade games.
Eat the right food
You can reduce pain by eating feel good foods. Unfortunately, most of the commonly available feel good foods are packed with simple carbohydrates.
In order to resist calorie gain, and at the same time to alleviate your pain with carbohydrate foods, take complex carbohydrate in the form of whole grain products, fruits and vegetables. Certain plant chemicals are especially beneficial for reducing pains. Isoflavones and anthocyanins are two such phytochemicals that reduce both pain and inflammation. You will find isoflavones in soybeans and soy products. Anthocyanins are present in cherries, raspberries and strawberries.