Pain whether physical or emotional is part of our human journey. It is a bell that often rings to tell us something is wrong. Because of pain, we can receive messages from our body that something important needs to be addressed. It is a protection mechanism necessary for our survival.

From a metaphysical perspective, pain is how we express, suppress, or have repressed our emotional life into our bodies.

The mind-body connection is very real. Our moods and emotions are thought to have a direct effect on pain. Anxiety and stress, for example, are associated with increased muscle tension and are also thought to upregulate the sensitivity of the nervous system, which amplifies persistent pain.

Pain that lasts longer than six months is considered chronic, and it may not go away. This can be quite distressing and anxiety-provoking. Additionally, the feelings of frustration or sadness when pain doesn’t go away can make pain worse.

From a holistic perspective, the holistic healing of the individual occurs at different energetic levels. To treat pain effectively, we must address the physical, emotional, mental, physiological, and spiritual aspects as well.

For these reasons, pain management strategies that reduce stress and calm a sensitised nervous system are essential components of the treatment of persistent pain. Mood enhancing and stress-reducing treatments and activities, healthy thinking skills, and emotion management skills are important strategies to be considered instead of supressing pain with medication only.

Practicing meditation and becoming as active as possible (in a way that acknowledges your physical limitations) have been shown to be effective methods that can be done on your own along with a ‘pain-relieving diet’. Mental health professionals who specialize in working with people in pain can also guide you with additional evidence-based treatments.

Whether you are experiencing pain or someone in your family, take time and patience to get to know yourself again —to learn what you like, what you need right now, what you don’t like, and to find the beautiful pieces of you that may have gone unnoticed.