15 March 2019 Hinesville, GA, USA

Alternative Ways to Manage Pain

Pain is all around us, and when we are struggling to control it, that's when our stress levels go through the roof.  The mind and body are connected, and so, rather than reaching for too many over-the-counter medications to cure pain like headaches sometimes I use a combination of medication, mindset, and other natural approaches.


Alternative Ways to Manage Pain, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia, Kirsten Jackson

The Benefits Of Using Cold
The cold is something that you can use to numb pain, despite the fact that the initial sensation feels like burning! But it's something that's been done for generations. After all, we didn't have headache tablets many moons ago. Instead, if you have a headache, this could very well be due to something like inflammation. And one of the best ways to reduce inflammation is to apply cold. Sometimes when I have a headache that I can feel in the top of my head, I’ll place a bag of ice up there for some relief.  Ice/cold has been shown to be a benefit in pain, but it's also been shown to help people that have depressive symptoms. The cold provides a shock that sometimes jolts you back into reality.

Natural Supplements
A lot has been said about CBD oil and medical marijuana, and products like “shatter” (a type of medical marijuana) which you can buy shatter online, but there are other natural supplements out there that can help reduce the feelings of pain. Turmeric, an ingredient that's been used in curry, is a natural pain reliever, and can be used to treat many conditions, such as ulcers, indigestion, and general issues within the stomach. In fact, with issues like inflammation, two of the most common ingredients found in most Italian foods, garlic and onions, have been shown to be powerful inflammatory agents.  I sometimes mix a bit of tumeric in tea and sip it but be careful because it can stain teeth. This is the thing we have to remember when it comes to pain, that is, on occasion, a reaction to inflammation.

Alternative Ways to Manage Pain, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia, Kirsten Jackson

Tackling The Mindset
Controlling our pain is not just about the right supplements and practices, but it's also about our mindset. If we have a natural predisposition to suffering pain, over time, the more pain we suffer, the more it weighs our mind down.  I’ll admit, I have a very low tolerance for pain and I hate to be hurting so I try to tackle my own attitude towards pain. A lot of people will tell you it is mind over matter, but if you're used to getting medication to numb pain, then you're going to build up a tolerance to it. It can be very difficult, but this is where something like meditation or mindfulness comes into its own. By learning to control your own sensations, and effectively minimize your own predisposition to pain, this doesn't just improve your mindset, but the physiological symptoms associated with a happier mind naturally promote pain relief.  Meditation has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve happiness, and generally improve your disposition. Learning how to control/manage pain can provide solutions to headaches and stomach upsets that.  Whatever the issue may be, if we are suffering from physical symptoms of pain, it could very well be due to something much deeper. And in which case, we need to deal with the source of our pain.
(The content of The Low Country Socialite website is for info only, not advice or guarantee of outcome.  For serious issues, please see a doctor for chronic concerns.)

Until Next Time... 
Alternative Ways to Manage Pain, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia, Kirsten Jackson




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