During the dark days of winter, the brain produces fewer painkilling neurotransmitters like endorphines. The drop can make even minor aches seem unbearable. Before reaching for your medicine cabinet, you can fight back the pain in a natural and fun way.
Play video games! Research suggests that doing so soothes headaches, sore muscles and other aches in just 15 minutes. The theory? The distraction of the on-screen action alters how the brain responds to incoming signals, upping pain tolerance.