11 deep questions to ask yourself when you feel suffering

  1. Why do I feel like this? What happened to me?
  2. What is the difference in how I feel when I am triggered and how I feel when I am not triggered?
  3. Is there a beast waiting for me in my future that terrifies me?
  4. Is it something I need to do but don't want to?
  5. If my goal is to change my behavior, what do I want from the situation instead?
  6. Does it remind me of something from the past?
  7. Does it have to do with my own failure, shortcomings or weaknesses?
  8. Do I feel a strange and inexplicable sense of urgency about the situation?
  9. Did someone hurt me?
  10. Am I resisting the situation because it's too big and overwhelming for me to handle alone?
  11. What is my body telling me?

8 tips on how to deal with suffering

  1. Volunteer for a cause you care about to help yourself heal and feel less alone.
  2. Try to keep a constant routine in your life to help you cope with stress.
  3. Talk to someone about your pain and share your problems with them.
  4. Take a break and do something you enjoy for at least one hour a day.
  5. Stay busy and distract yourself with engaging activities.
  6. Exercise to release endorphins, the body's natural painkiller, and increase your sense of selfworth.
  7. Eat healthy food and drink lots of water.
  8. Disengage from the painful situation as much as possible.

How suffering affects you

There are many types of suffering people can feel. These range from physical pain to more emotional things, like sadness. People may be born into circumstances where they grow up in a difficult environment or in worse conditions than another person. Other people may have a mental illness and not know the help they need to get through this.