Suffering, and coping mechanisms

Buddha in meditation
  1. Physical Suffering — Physical suffering has its root in the physical world. It is an actual and logical outcome of its underlying causes. Examples include suffering from a wound, injury, loss of a loved one, etc. It is an unavoidable aspect of our life as you cannot control death, accident, and injury.
  2. Psychological Suffering — Psychological suffering arises from our unreasonable and unrealistic expectations. They do not exist rather than in the mind. The mind controls our thoughts; thoughts define our understanding and personality.
  3. Physical with Psychological Suffering — Physical suffering associated with psychological aspects includes chronic illness, chronic depression, etc. These types of suffering are difficult to deal with as they cause physical and psychological injury to the individual.
  1. Substance abuse — alcohol, smoking, drugs Substance abuse refers to the consumption of addictive and harmful chemicals to cope with the suffering. Examples include alcohol consumption, smoking, and drugs addiction. Substance abuse only makes the problem worse. Earlier, you were fighting with fewer problems: now more.
  2. Eating disorder — Some people eat untimely to overcome suffering. It involves eating sugary beverages, carbohydrates, which make you slow and less resilient to fight.
  3. Bottling up emotions (Holding emotions) — We tend to hold emotions to avoid confrontation or look strong. Bottling the emotions makes your problem worse as you start to fill yourself with thoughts that are damaging and harmful to your mental health.
  4. Buying stuff (Squirrel syndrome) — We love to buy things to make ourselves comfortable. But when we suffer, we tend to over shop. Like a squirrel, we collect stuff that we do not need. It promotes the desire for more. But the problem with more is that it is a never-ending phenomenon.
  5. Using other human beings — When we are in suffering, we look at other human beings to get out. In the process, we use them to satisfy our wants. The problem with this coping technique is that other humans cannot satiate us forever. It leads to more pain and suffering in the end.
girl meditating
  1. Face your problem — Look at things as it is rather than how it should be. When you face your trouble with a solution-oriented mindset, you find courage and hope in the process.
  2. Sleep — Proper sleep helps you replenish your brain with essential chemicals and makes your muscles relaxed. Proper sleep helps identify the pathways to conquer your fears, anxiety, and suffering.
  3. Pray — Praying is a powerful coping technique, as it helps us find hope. Hope is the most powerful tool in the world. It gives us strength, courage to face our fears, problems.
  4. Working out — Working out helps you burn stress chemicals, refresh your mood, and strengthen your body. Working out can help you eliminate some of your physical and mental sufferings.



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Adesh Kumar Mishra

Adesh Kumar Mishra

Engineer by degree, a Teacher by profession