Self-Hypnosis for Pain Relief
If you’ve ever been to a birthing class, you’ve heard the instructor telling expectant mothers to breathe through the pain. When a child gets a shot at the doctor, she’ll tell him to look at a funny cartoon on the wall. In painful situations, distraction is almost always used for pain relief. Now, you may think that the distraction isn’t really part of the relief because the pain is still there, but it’s actually a huge part of relieving pain.
Your mind has everything to do with how you experience and manage pain. If you are completely focused on the pain, that’s all you’ll feel. Think of a time that you stubbed your toe really badly. You kicked a door, wall, or some object on the ground unexpectedly, and your world suddenly erupted in pain. If someone was around you, you probably didn’t even hear them ask you if you were okay.
Now, think of a time that you accidentally sliced your thumb or finger while chopping vegetables. That kind of wound seems not to hurt at first. You won’t even notice it for a moment. That’s because it takes a moment for your brain to really process what’s happened. Once your brain knows you’re hurt, you feel the cut.
If you are experienced in meditation and self-hypnosis, you could save your own life one day. Say, for example, that you’ve cut yourself very badly. No one is around, so you have to slow the bleeding as much as possible and call an ambulance. You need to keep your wits about you to get through this. If you succumb to the pain, you’re done for. If, on the other hand, you practice breathing deeply and keeping calm, you can use your experience in meditation and self-hypnosis to get through a potentially life-threatening situation.