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Jonathan Goodwin’s 5-step guide to dealing with extreme pain
Professional danger man and escapologist, Jonathan Goodwin, has been stung inside his mouth by a scorpion, locked in a box with 20,000 bees and laid on a single nail while having a breeze block broken on his chest with a sledgehammer. In other words, he knows a thing or two about dealing with pain, as he explains below…
1. Stay still and wait for help
If you do find yourself in severe pain then the best thing to do is lie down, stay still and wait for help. It can be really difficult to self diagnose internal injuries, and so its best to get expert medical attention rather than trying to hobble off looking cool. Medical help may be minutes or even hours away, and so you will want to try and deal with the pain until it arrives.
2. Exercise mental control
Pain tolerance is an art form that goes back hundreds of years; it is an exercise in mental control and when perfected the results can be pretty miraculous. Lie down somewhere safe and quiet if you’re not already, and try and relax. This is easier said that done, as it is a natural reaction to want to tense our bodies, clench our fists and physically fight the agony we are experiencing.
3. Be aware of your breathing
The secret is to concentrate on your breathing. Take long controlled breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth, and allow your mind to focus on that task. Pain is a purely psychological response in your body; it is your mind that is creating the sensation of pain, and so you can use your mind to eliminate these feelings.
4. Let oxygen be your medicine
As you breathe, visualize the oxygen you are breathing in as medicine, and visualize it flowing through your body to target the areas that hurt. At the same time, visualize your exhale as getting rid of the negative pain sensations; picture yourself literally blowing the pain out of your mouth.
5. Trust in the technique
I know this may sound a little bit, “hippy dippy”, these are in fact basic suggestion techniques used by hypnotists and psychologists; if you commit to this visualization and try and relax as much as you can, you will be amazed at how much the sensations of pain will dissipate.