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Dont wait to eliminate your ache
Suck it up: The longer you put off pain, the worse it’ll feel, says new research from Imperial College London.
In the study, the majority of participants chose to immediately receive tiny electric shocks, rather than wait for a painful dentist appointment at a later date.
Its the waiting that makes your pain sting worse.
“When people are waiting for pain, they take into account that they’ll have to anticipate it for as long as they’ll be waiting,”says study author Giles Story, a Ph.D. candidate.
“That motivates them to escape the dreaded event altogether—or if that’s not possible, get it over with as soon as possible.”
Whether you need a mole removed or tooth pulled, schedule that sucker ASAP to minimize your suffering, the research suggests. And if there’s something painful you don’t have to do, but should—like a particularly tough workout—ensure you follow through by make the cost of escaping it higher, Story says.
“Tell lots of people you intend to do the dreaded thing, thereby staking your credibility on confronting it.
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