Coping With Pain

What is pain?
Pain is an unpleasant sensation or emotional experience. It is not necessarily bad, it is our body’s way of telling us what it needs. Pain can be challenging when it becomes chronic. The good news is there are many ways to cope with pain.

What options can help me cope with chronic pain?
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Creating downtime in your schedule
  • Realizing when to say “no”
  • Engaging in activities that bring you joy, such as volunteering, hobbies, etc.
  • Counseling
  • Stress/relaxation techniques:
    • Yoga
    • Massage
    • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Prayer

Chronic Pain PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is a 6-week workshop that teaches effective tools to participants to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life. Contact Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1440 for more information or visit


The Coping With Pain brochure was developed in partnership with the Capital Area Health Alliance, Ingham Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative, Tri-County Office on Aging, and Barry-Eaton District Health Department.

Copies of Coping With Pain are available at the CAHA office.  Please contact us at to arrange a time to pick up brochures for your organization.

Thank you to Dr. Narasimha Gundamraj, MD, of the Pain Management Center of Lansing and Sparrow Pain Management Center for his expertise and input in creating this resource.


Thank you to our sponsors!




GENERAL SPONSORS: Capital Area District Libraries, Tri-County Office on Aging