Emotional pain sucks.
There’s just no other way to describe it.
Hurting on the inside can make your life feel like it’s moving in slow motion.
Maybe you’ve gone through a breakup, the loss of a friend or loved one, or some other emotionally difficult situation.
How can you pick yourself up and move on after going through such turmoil?
Well, in this post, you’re going to learn 6 common-sense strategies for dealing with emotional pain.
1. Talk To Someone
Talking to someone—either a friend, a family member, a therapist, etc.—is one of the best ways to deal with emotional pain.
Sometimes, the worst thing about negative emotion is that we tend to keep it bottled up inside.
And that certainly doesn’t do anyone any favors.
Being open and vulnerable about why you’re hurting and how you feel is incredibly important.
This is how you begin the healing process and bond with others instead of isolating and letting all of those negative feelings fester inside of you.
2. Distract Yourself
Sometimes, in addition to talking to someone, it’s a good idea to distract yourself from your pain by focusing on something else for a while—something positive.
Starting a new project, trying out a new hobby, immersing yourself in a new book, taking a class—these can all be excellent activities to help you move on with life in the face of tragedy, sadness, and grief.
Of course, distracting yourself from the pain shouldn’t be your only strategy. At some point, you’ll need to face it.
In fact, this brings us to our next point…
3. Face The Pain And Become Better Acquainted With It
At some point, you’re going to have to sit alone and face your pain.
For many people, this means facing whatever tragedy caused the pain to begin with, coming to terms with it, and moving through all of the stages of grief—from denial to acceptance.
Not surprisingly to those among us who have traveled a lot—new research has confirmed that frequent travel actually makes people happier.
In fact, in some cases, you don’t even necessarily need to leave home to make use of some of these benefits.
According to researchers, even talking about past travel, or planning for future trips, can boost your feelings of well-being.
So next time you start to feel the pangs of emotional pain, you may want to consider either taking a short trip, or at least contemplating and planning out a potential trip.
Traveling gives us the power to escape our ‘normal’ domain and experience the world.
What better way is there to heal and rediscover ourselves?
In the words of Ibn Battuta…
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
5. Try Magic Mushrooms
A lot of people don’t know this, but the psychedelic drug psilocybin—which is the drug found in ‘magic mushrooms,’ has actually been shown in scientific studies to be an effective antidepressant.
It even outperformed other common prescription medications on a range of secondary measures, which is pretty awesome.
Of course, there are many different types of magic mushrooms. And legality varies. So just make sure to do your research before giving this ‘alternative’ method a try.
6. Create Some Distance
Sometimes, the things that are causing our emotional pain will just continue to re-ignite it over and over again.
If you go through a divorce, but don’t move out of the home where you and your ex used to live, you’re probably just going to be reminded over and over again of everything that happened.
And this can cause the exact same feelings of sadness to continue to re-emerge.
Sometimes, it really just pays to put distance between you and the source of your emotional pain.
This isn’t always possible. But where it is possible, it tends to be extremely helpful.
There you have it.
6 strategies for overcoming emotional pain and getting back on track to feeling like yourself again.
Of course, some of these steps may work better for different situations.
But always remember—there are people who care about you.
Opening up and asking for some help or support never hurts anything.
Don’t be a stranger.
You’ve got this. Now get out there and make it happen.