Can you still party with pain?

Can you still party with pain?

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Louis Zantema

17 April 2020

Louis is a GZ-Psychologist with a great passion for gaming. For him, a game training that offers therapy is the most valuable thing you can develop: especially for pain complaints, which are on the interesting intersection of body and mind. His aim is to make himself dispensable as a therapist.

Pain can ruin your life. Sometimes nothing seems to work without pain. Everything that was fun can't be done or only causes more pain. Actually, can you still party with pain?

Fear of parties

One of the things I've seen happen a lot, unfortunately, is that people in pain are becoming more and more afraid of the pain. That's logical, especially if you've been in a lot of pain a couple of times after a nice outing or party. At the next party your brain immediately thinks back to when things went wrong. 

Your brain tries to protect you at those moments! They don't want you to be in more pain. So they create anxiety dust, so you might stay home. In fact, our brains remember bad experiences seven times better than good experiences! An unpleasant pain experience is only recovered by seven good experiences...


What are you supposed to do?

If you've had a lot of trouble after a day out, a party or any other social activity, it's good to see what happened. Have you perhaps crossed your boundaries? Did you do too much, which increased the pain? If that's the case, you can see if you can do it differently next time. Take a little more rest, plan things a little differently... 

That's a good, but above all boring answer! The best answer is that doing nice things and having parties with pain is very important. Fun helps your brain when you are in pain. 

When you go along with the 'protection' of your brain, it becomes more and more sensitive! Every time you decide not to do something, your pain alarm centre says: 'can you see that I was right? "The world is dangerous! In a manner of speaking... So it is very important that you regularly let your brain know that you don't agree. 

What's it worth to you?

I can't guarantee that your pain won't be any worse after a party or fun activity. Celebrating with pain is harder than without it. The most important question, is whether it's worth it to you. What does it give you in terms of beautiful moments (pluses) and possible pain (minuses). 

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