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Health.com: 12 Mental Tricks That Fight Pain

Saying a Mantra

Repeating a mantra—usually a sound, word, phrase, or a prayer—is a common practice in many religions and it can relieve pain as well.

As little as 30 seconds of using a mantra can dampen unpleasant sensations, says Ellen Slawsby, PhD, director of Pain Services at the Benson Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Slawsby recommends a picking neutral or positive word or phrase rather than a sound.

"That's using something inborn, an internal mechanisms to elicit your own endorphins or endogenous morphine," she says.

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