|The red area - it burns!|
As a Christian, I believe another method is certainly prayer. If it is a personal pain, writing about it can be cathartic but it opens old wounds. Again using medical analogies, sometimes festering wounds need to be opened so the bad stuff can be drained out and true healing can begin. Prayer and Bible study can help with the spiritual healing.
Sometimes we may need to get up, stretch our legs, and move out of the situation to clear our head. If we're beating our heads against the monitor (hopefully still figuratively here), it might be best to leave and return with a fresh perspective.