Brain Pain

Vance Larson
2 min readFeb 2, 2024

You’re cold. You’re hot. Your mind is racing, and heart is pumping. You can’t think straight. You in fact, have brain pain. Let’s get into it.

Anxiety. Ah, the mother fucker that gets you off balance. But why? Let’s remove the chemical imbalance, and examine those who feel anxious, but do not have anxiety. The truth is many of us self-diagnose ourselves. And while I am all for being proactive, we should be careful when it comes to a mental health diagnosis. Why? For many reasons. But for the purposes of this piece, because we can often talk ourselves into the malingers hall of fame. And that is a dangerous game.

We need to be careful of what we tell ourselves, our internal conversation. Our mind believes what we tell it. That is why it is so important to learn to control our feelings. If we don’t, they will control us. We will over think, overreact, and cause ourselves brain pain. And nothing good comes from that. So, shut it down. Don’t buy into your bullshit. We all do it. But the point is, don’t. Be conscious of the rocky road that lay before you.

Bad thoughts have a tendency to build upon one another. That is why we need to be fierce in our pursuit of the positive. Play music, dance, talk to a friend, go for a run. The point I am trying to make is shift gears. Resist the need to keep talking about your anxiety. {Remember, we are talking about being anxious. Not having an anxiety diagnosis.} This will help for those who do have a diagnosis as well, but if you’re taking medication, continue to take it.

The bottom line is negative begets negative. If you want to avoid brain pain, learn to cut it off the minute the mind goes to the darkness. There are many ways to accomplish this. You may have to spend some time and experiment what works best for you, but it’s worth it.

They say no pain no gain. Yeah, fuck that noise. When it comes to brain pain, hit it hard and hit it fast. No pain is the goal. Now go get some!

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Vance Larson

I am a retired crisis counselor of 20 years. I share my experiences {both personal and professional} about thought provoking subjects. Follow me.