Stress and pain are two words that many of us are all too familiar with. In this fast paced society of ours it seems that stress and pain have become our most constant companions. In fact, many of us feel this way so often that it seems almost normal to be stressed or in pain. Have we forgotten what it feels like to be healthy?
When the stress of life finally begins to weigh us down, we go in search of ways to feel better. During these times, we go looking for a cigarette, or a drink, drown ourselves in our smartphones, or escape into the reality of TV shows, all in the hopes that we can mask this pain. When these masking or denial attempts fail, we turn to other self-destructive methods in continued hope that we can just mask or deny the pain and stress that continues to eat away at our level of healthiness.
It almost seems that the pains of the world smile whenever we decide to use any of those masking methods. You see, those pains know that they have created a level of pain in our lives, but our choice to use self-destructive or denial means to cope only creates a higher level of pain. In other words, we tend to make things worse or more painful than they need to be.
We experience pain or stress. Then we use one of those destructive coping methods which create a momentary relief from the pressures. Once we begin to see the reality again, we now experience more pain and guilt over our choices to cope. We then begin to go through this same vicious cycle over and over and over again.
Dealing with pain and stress is not easy. However, there is a great ally that we can use at any time to cope. In fact it seems so simple. Then again, in life many things are simple, but not easy.
Creativity can be your strongest ally when facing any challenge in life. Simply put, when all else fails, turn to creativity! Srinivas Rao stated it best, “Creativity takes us into a world free of rules, expectations, and pressure. It’s a permission slip to imagine the impossible.”
So, the next time you find yourself drowning away in one of those destructive coping methods. Just remember to use your creativity! Instead of picking up a cigarette or beer, pick up a pen and begin to write. Or, grab a brush and begin painting something. Get some Lego’s and build something. Get out your laptop and begin writing your own screenplay! Just simply allow your creative juices to flow and see where you go!
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Chris Swenson is a licensed Couple and Family Therapist currently accepting new consumers at his private practice counseling office here in Sterling, CO (Rhino Wellness Center). To contact Chris, you can call 970-522-0796 or send him an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.