How To Increase Pain Tolerance?


Lots of people are interested on how to increase pain tolerance in their bodies. Perhaps, you would want to learn this information too.Being able to tolerate pain can reward you with healthier benefits because you won’t be taking pills for every little pain that you feel. This would spare your organs from the harmful side effects of drugs.

There are various techniques that you can use to tolerate pain. But first, you have to be broadminded to accept scientific facts and apply them.

Why Do You Feel Pain?

You feel pain because the pain receptors in your body are sending the message to the brain that your body is being injured or damaged. When the brain recognizes and acknowledges the stimulus, that’s the only time that you will feel pain. That’s why when you are unconscious, you don’t sense pain. It’s because the brain is unable to acknowledge the ‘message’ sent by the pain receptor.

Hence, the brain and the central nervous system (CNS) play a crucial role in your pain tolerance. I’m sure you’ve read stories about how monks had endured the pain of the freezing weather by controlling their thoughts; and of people being able to tolerate pain using their mind power. Anyhow, to help you increase your pain tolerance, here are concrete strategies that you can adopt.

How to Increase Your Pain Tolerance

1. Change Your Mindset

The first thing that you should do is to change your mindset. Remember that the brain has the ability to let you feel pain or not. It’s all in your mind. So, psyche yourself to tolerate pain. When you focus on pain, you would surely feel it more. Thus, train your mind to concentrate on more pleasant thoughts, such as happy memories, or to focus on an activity that can veer your mind away from the pain. Examples of these activities are your hobbies.

2. Physical Activities

Reportedly, physical activities can allow you to tolerate pain. You can go dancing, kayaking, or go golfing. Aerobics and endurance exercises can increase your tolerance for pain as well. This is because your muscles will grow accustomed to the muscle pain that you won’t be minding minor pains anymore.

Endurance training would hone your muscles and strengthen them, making them more pain tolerant. You would experience pain at the onset, but with time, your muscle pain will disappear and you would be more tolerant of other pains.

3. Meditation

Several people, who have been meditating, were documented to have increased pain tolerance. According to them, they meditate and inculcate in their minds that there’s nothing painful in their bodies. Often, these individuals can stay in the cold for a number of hours - and not feel pain.

You could meditate every day or every other day depending on your convenience. However, it’s best to do it daily, so you can also de-stress yourself from the day’s stressors. Aside from increasing your pain tolerance, there are various health benefits of meditation, such as maintenance of normal blood pressure; reduction of depression and anxiety;and promotion of circulatory and respiratory health.

4. Breathing Exercises

One easy way to increase your pain tolerance is to perform breathing exercises. It’s also easy to do no matter where you are. Here are the steps:

  • Stand or sit, whichever is more comfortable for you.
  • Close your eyes and inhale deeply. Take note of how the air passes through your nostrils into your lungs.
  • Hold your breath for 7 seconds by counting from 1,001 to 1,007.
  • Exhale forcibly through your mouth, producing a whooshing sound. Observe how the air passes through your nostrils and into the air.
  • While doing these, imagine yourself being able to tolerate pain.
  • Do these steps 15 times.
  • Rest for 2 minutes and perform one rep again.

You should be able to increase your pain tolerance to headaches and body aches with this exercise.

5. Autosuggestion

Autosuggestion is another way to increase your pain tolerance. In this technique, you try to harbor thoughts that promote tolerance to pain. This is most useful with chronic pains, such as gouty arthritis. Close your eyes and fill your thoughts of being free from that pain. Mentally command your pain to go away or to subside.

With regular autosuggestion, you would feel your consciousness of the pain becoming less pronounced. Consequently,your pain tolerance would increase.

6. Ignore the Pain

One way to increase your tolerance is to ignore the pain. Pretend it doesn’t exist, and it will eventually subside. Nonetheless, when the pain is severe and you couldn’t ignore it, then it’s an indication that something is seriously damaged in your body. You have to consult a physician to find out what’s wrong with you. Be thankful that pain is there to warn you of impending or existing illnesses.

7. Expose Yourself to the Pain

Researches have proven that exposing yourself to pain repeatedly can increase your pain tolerance.It’s like sensitizing yourself from the pain. Be careful though, because you might injure yourself in the process. You should know when to stop and when to continue. Take note of your pain threshold and observe your body closely.


These are the methods on how to increase pain tolerance. Choose a method that could work best for you. You can also use all of the methods to ensure that you will succeed in your goal. Being able to endure pain can allow you to do away with therapeutic drugs that have side effects in your body. This would be a healthy practice that you have to implement.

Nonetheless, severe pain is a symptom that something is wrong with your body; hence, don’t ignore it. You have to consult your doctor and determine the underlying condition of your pain before it’s too late. Prevention is always better than cure.


Hello everyone! I’m glad to have you here. I’m a medical technologist by profession. My second love is writing. So, I’m focusing on providing content to help other people with their health problems. I hope I can be of help to you.

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