It can be very hard if someone in your family is in pain. And there are lots of different types of pain that can come to mind. But regardless of what the source is or even what the consequence is, as a family member, you’re probably going to do the most that you can to make the pain go away and then keep it away.
Think of a few situations where you can try and help your tribe out. If a family member is in chronic pain, what do you do? If there is some sort of emotional distress that is in your family, what are steps that you can take to help people out? If you have any family members that are athletic and play sports, what do you do if they have an injury? And, if you have family members of drastically different ages, are there issues that come from generational pain?
One of the worst things to see is people suffering from chronic pain. Depending on where that pain came from, maybe you want to call an insurance company about potential financial arrangements, especially if it deals with disability. For other types of chronic pain that may be more nebulous, perhaps you want to illustrate some pain management techniques to family members such as meditation.
Emotional pain can be even worse than physical pain. If at all possible, consider that going to group family therapy may be a great way to alleviate the stress and tension in a situation. It’s not always easy to figure out what the core of a problem is when it comes to emotional pain, especially if there is death or grieving involved. That’s why going to a professional can showcase results more quickly than other methods.
If you have athletic children, then you hate to see what happens after they get hurt. If you send them to sports physical therapy, then that may be the quickest way for them to feel better. It can be challenging as a child if you enjoy being athletic and then somehow are hurt so that you can’t continue. Physical therapy may get you feeling better more quickly, especially if you go to a specialist in the type of injury you have.
In the psychology world, there are horizontal and vertical stressors. Vertical stressors come from generational pain. In other words, your parents aren’t always going to understand your children. That two-generation skip can be very painful because it feels like different types of people have no way to communicate about things that are important to them. Sometimes this is a language issue, so it’s important to find a facilitator to get communication going in the right direction.