1. Get extra sleep.
Sleep is essential for pain relief, period. Not only does getting adequate sleep help you more effectively manage your pain, but it promotes healing. Getting more sleep has actually been shown to help wounds heal more quickly. Tweak your regular schedule to ensure you’re getting a full eight hours per night.
2. Try deep breathing and meditation.
Both deep breathing and meditation help your body relax which, in turn, can turn down the volume on pain. Find a solitary area where you can sit quietly. Then deeply inhale, deeply exhale. Repeat until your mind is calm and your body relaxed.
Yes, moving around may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re in pain. But inactivity can actually make pain worse. Go for gentle stretches that help you maintain your range of motion and mobility.
4. Go beyond stretching with exercise.
If you got through the stretching OK, go to the next level with exercise. Find physical activities that don’t exacerbate your pain and engage in them regularly. Exercise boosts feel-good endorphins that improve your mood and block pain signals.
5. Get a massage.
It’s tough to argue with getting a massage, so perhaps this helpful hint needs to go at the top of the list. Massage therapy can be helpful for all types of pain, from chronic neck and back pain to sports strains and sprains.