Move through Discomfort Faster- Take a Seat with Your Pain

Move through Discomfort Faster- Take a Seat with Your Pain

By | 2017-09-09T16:03:29+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Self Care, Self Empowerment|2 Comments

Each time I take a seat with my discomfort, I get better at hearing the important messages that unsettling feelings reveal.

While this is not always an easy task, it is the fastest route to getting through the pain.

I know this is because for a long time I ran from discomforts. I’d do anything not to feel the unease. I’d get busy doing something, thinking I was outsmarting the inevitable, but the truth is, there is no such thing.

Uneasy feelings show up for a reason, to be resolved. These very emotions reveal a part of us to ourselves that longs to be heard. Each time we listen we give way to gentler lessons. Life is not smooth sailing, but with measured, mindful consideration of ourselves, we can smooth out the sharp edges of our experience.

So why not get good at hanging with discomfort? What you’ll find is that the discomfort moves through faster than if you avoid it, and oh, by the way, there is no such thing as out running pain.

Here’s a suggestion: Invite your uncomfortable feelings in for tea, but make sure you let those very feelings know they are not welcome to stay for dinner.

Give yourself a certain amount of time to feel. (Cry, journal, take a walk with a loved one and speak of your concerns, and then… move on for that day)

Self-care smooths out this process, developing soothing techniques will help you feel safe in the discomfort and each time you do it you’ll get stronger and more capable.

Here are a few of my self-care treasures:

  1. Take a seat right away when you feel these feelings come in. Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. 
  2. Put on some gentle, soothing music that helps you connect with your feelings.
  3. Go outside and get in Nature.

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About the Author:

Sarah Brassard’s passion lies in teaching people how to create a foundation for self-care, a method of wellness that brings profound opportunities for transformation. She is the author of Inside: A Guide to the Resources Within to Stay Vibrant and Alive Through All Life’s Challenges. The book details the self-care practices and protocols that sparked her healing journey and that she has been sharing with students and clients for the past fifteen years.


  1. Donna September 10, 2017 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah. Great article.”Life may be full of pain, but that’s not an excuse to give up.” I’ve read an article that, Tramadol and Norco are both used as pain relievers. Norco, however, uses two types of drugs to do so. One is Hydrocodone, which targets the user’s opioid receptors; while the other one is paracetamol. Which is better among the two?

    • Sarah Brassard September 11, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Donna, I can not speak to pain killers that is not my field of expertise. This article addresses moving through behaviors that hold us back from meeting our potential. In creating a steady, supportive self-care practice we have the ability to learn how to sit with discomfort and gain strength and knowledge through that process. Thanks for your feedback! SB

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