The biggest mistake we see people make when using our natural pain relief cream is simple: they apply it only a few times and expect miraculous results. We get it. When you're in pain, you instinctively turn to a treatment to help relieve that pain. And sure, it will help at that moment. But you might not realize that using a pain relief cream regularly—even when you're not in pain—can be even more beneficial.
Frequent and regular use of a pain relief cream provides several benefits, again even if you're not in pain when you put it on. You supply your body with the support it needs to repair itself on a continuous basis, making it more effective overall. And due to its circulation improving effects, it's an excellent addition to a pre-workout routine or other situations put stress on your body. Pain relief creams are also great physical maintenance or recovery after exercise.
The problem is, we all have more things on our minds than remembering to put on cream every day, even with all benefits.
That's why one of the best things we can recommend is to is form a habit to help you apply regularly, without even thinking about it.
How Habits Are Formed
On a psychological level, habits are behaviors repeated often enough that you actually create new neural pathways that automatically trigger these actions. It takes time to develop the channels, which is why you can't create a new habit overnight.
You form them with a habit loop process, a phrase coined by Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit." You start with a cue that lets your brain know it's time to begin the desired action, such as put on pain relief cream. This trigger event pushes you to put on the cream automatically, and the final part of the process is the reward. In this situation, you get more effective pain relief and improved wellness.
Forming a Pain Relief Cream Application Habit
The basic habit process isn't complicated, but getting your brain to build those neural pathways is difficult. You have to contend with current routines that may get in the way of daily pain relief cream application. Here are a few things you can do to help speed things along.
1. Link the habit cue to your current behavior
You don't need to start from scratch when you create a trigger to put on your cream. Look at the things that you do during times that would be ideal for application. For example, when you wake up and do your morning bathroom routine, before or after a workout, or when you get home from work are all viable cues. We love using our morning shower as the cue. Get out of the shower and immediately rub on your pain relief cream of choice. Make sure to put whatever product you use in a convenient location so you don't have to go out of your way to get it.
2. Note the expected rewards
What are you getting out of this habit? You may want to reduce chronic pain, recover more quickly from strenuous exercise or boost your overall health. Consider writing down how you feel every day. Could be in a journal or notebook, but it doesn't have to be. The act of simply writing something down has been shown to increase the stickiness factor in the brain.
3. Visualize the process
Think about what the complete cue-action-reward process looks like for you. You can imagine the big picture goal of decreasing your pain levels more effectively through this habit.
4. Identify barriers in the way of this action
What stops you from consistently performing this behavior? Sometimes small things, like your cream being in a hard-to-reach place, can hold you back from developing the habit. Eliminate as many of these as possible to set yourself up for success.
5. Consciously commit to putting on pain relief cream for several months
You may hear that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, but James Clear, the author of "Transform Your Habits," reports 66 days is the average, with some patterns taking almost a year to form. This commitment helps you get past this beginning stage.
6. Quickly make up for any lapses during your habit-forming period
If you have a bad day or forget to put on your pain relief cream, it's okay. You don't have to be perfect during this process to get the results you want. It is important that you get back on track as soon as possible after the missed cue, however.
7. Change your environment
Your best opportunity to form a pain relief cream habit is when the rest of your routine cues are shaken up. When you're on vacation or moving to a new city or country, you can put new practices in place. You don't necessarily need to take weeks away from your house or uproot yourself to achieve this goal. If you're stuck, try applying the cream when you're out of the house.
Choose the Right Daily Pain Relief Cream
Some pain relief creams are better than others when it comes to forming habits. Whatever product you choose, we recommend something that doesn't put any barriers between you and applying it at least on a daily basis.
Here are some things to look for:
- Little to no fragrances that are overpowering or signal to people around you that you're lathered up with a pain relief cream
- A natural formula that is gentle on your body and skin, so you don't need to worry about adverse side effects
- No toxic chemicals or preservatives like parabens that aren't good to use frequently and have been linked to cancer
- A minimal effective dose of ingredients, particularly powerful ones like menthol, so you can comfortably apply it after your morning shower
Honestly, we found these traits hard to find in a single pain relief cream. And that's exactly why we created You+Relief.
Forming new habits is hard. But you can look forward to getting more out of the cream in return for your efforts.