9 Tried-and-Tested Tips to Make Injections Easier with RA
6. Numb the area
To numb the injection site, apply an ice pack or ice cube to your skin for a few minutes beforehand. Wrap the ice pack or ice cube in a thin cloth to protect your skin from frostbite. Taking an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, can also help limit pain and discomfort.
7. Develop a mantra
Positive or meditative self-talk might help motivate and calm you. Consider developing a mantra that you can repeat to yourself while you prepare and administer your injection. For example, it might help to chant “this will reduce my pain” or “it’s worth it” over and over until you’re done. Alternatively, it might help to count your breaths or slowly count to 15 while you inject yourself.