When I’m in pain — physical or emotional — the kindest thing I can do for myself is…
Physical pain – since I have have them a few times, I know what is the kindest thing I can do for myself. It would be to get complete rest and relaxation. Not do anything to strenuous or taxing and just relax as much as I can. In 2019 August I had a toe fracture on my right foot and I also strained the ankle of the left foot. I took 10 days off from work on advice of the doctor. I watched movies and tv shows, binged watched a comedy show on Netflix.
I did very little reading and no work at all. I slept long hours and I shaved only once or twice during those 10 days. I took my medicines and listened to some music and even surfed the net everyday but mostly it was off my feet and watching tv from my bed. That did me a world of good. I felt recharged as well once the week was over. It also helped that no one from work troubled me for those 10 days and all I had to do was send screenshots of my x-ray and doctor’s note.
Emotionally speaking the same thing works. I usually will welcome friends and relatives who have well meaning but I usually do like it when I am left alone and can surround myself with things that matter the most. Star Trek & other scifi shows, rock music, watching movies and rest and relaxation.