We most often than not think the physical pains we carry onto our everyday lives have nothing to do with our emotional traumas. When your stomach hurts “for no reason,” you brush it off, thinking it’ll go away. And sometimes it does, but comes back as something bigger, something even more hurtful that appears to remind you something is wrong with your mind. Let’s take a look into the ways physical pain connecting to emotional trouble.
What does pain in the different body parts mean?
Different body parts hold a different meaning for your mind and soul. Headaches, for example, are a result of taking on too much in your day to day life. Of course, being dehydrated could play a role, but if you randomly experience a headache and you’ve been doing too much professionally, it could be taking a toll on your emotions. Pain in the neck, on the other hand, can mean you’ve been treating yourself too harshly and have trouble forgiving yourself. When you feel pain in your shoulders, you’re holding onto an emotional burden. Professional kinesiologist Ros Kitson says, “Our shoulders are where we carry our burdens. We talk about ‘shouldering a problem’ and this is exactly what we’re doing when our shoulders tense up and cause us pain.” Pain in the upper back represents a lack of emotional support, and pain in the hips can mean you’re fearful about the future and change.
Often times, I hold a lot of my pain in my head (when doing too much and not giving myself enough time to breathe), in my chest (when I have trouble expressing my emotions) and in the neck. Basically, all my physical pains are caused by overworking my mind and soul, so it’s important I take time for myself.
Taking time for yourself
Taking time for yourself is the number one remedy to physical pain caused by emotional burdens. Dr. Murray Grossan of the Grossan Institute writes, “The first thing about healing an illness is to stop the stress and anxiety chemicals that impair normal healing.” In order to lower those stress and anxiety levels, you need to take time off. I’m not saying to take a week long break off of work and school–no. What I mean is finding a balance between your responsibilities and your alone time. For example, do all your work in the morning, and then watch some Netflix, eat some nutritious food, go to the gym, read some good books, etc.: take some time to breathe!
Personally, when I feel like I’m taking on too much emotionally and its taking a toll on my body, I stop eating fatty and sodium-filled foods, I drink a lot of water, and practice yoga as well as meditation. Doing yoga in the dark with a candle on and some soft music, while meditating or praying will definitely relieve some of the tensions you’ve been holding on.
Face your problems
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people that are the cause of your issues. If you hurt somebody’s feelings and your physical pains indicate to you it’s affecting your wellbeing, go apologize to them. Life is too short to be holding grudges and you will never be the best version of yourself if you hold onto emotions. The pain of apologizing and moving on will be much smaller than the pain of regret.