You just cannot divorce your health from your emotions. Every feeling you have affects some part of your body, and stress can wreak havoc on your physical health—especially if you’re not exercising or eating right, as both of these can help keep stress in check in the first place.
Still, even if you’re doing everything “right,” your emotions—both chronic and acute—can wield great power over your body.
The classic definition of stress is “any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it.” Your body’s natural stress response can have a significant impact on your immune function, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, hormonal balance, and much more.
In recent years, there’s been an upwelling of mind-body therapies that take this interrelatedness between your emotions and physical health into account.
Many in the primarily left-brained field of science are still reluctant to embrace the mind-body paradigm however, and one of the factors holding them back is the fact that you cannot see or measure emotions inside your body. But just because we don’t have the technology to visualize the mind-body connection doesn’t mean it’s not real!
In the text below you’ll find 9 types of pain that are linked to different emotional states of every human being. The following signs indicate that you are experiencing some emotional difficulties or are under stress:
1. PAIN IN YOUR HEAD
Headaches can be caused by stresses of the day. Take some time to relax and ease the stress every day.
2. PAIN IN YOUR NECK
If you feel pain in your neck, you may have trouble forgiving others or yourself. If you’re feeling neck pain, consider the things you love about people.
3. PAIN IN YOUR SHOULDERS
Shoulder pain may indicate that you’re carrying a heavy emotional burden. That’s where the saying “shouldering a problem” comes from. Focus in on some proactive problem solving and distributing some of that burden to other people in your life.
4. PAIN IN YOUR UPPER BACK
Upper back pain means you don’t have enough emotional support. You may feel unloved and unwanted. If you’re single, this may mean it’s time to go out on a date or two.
5. PAIN IN YOUR LOWER BACK
Lower back pain might mean you’re too worried about money. It may be a good time to ask for that overdue raise or consider a financial planner.
6. PAIN IN YOUR ELBOWS
Elbow pain speaks to your resistance to change in your life. If you have stiff arms, you may have a stiff life as well. Make compromises and shake things up a little bit.
7. PAIN IN YOUR HANDS
Hand pain means you may not be reaching out to others in the way you should be. Consider making new friends, having lunch with a co-worker, and making a new connection.
8. PAIN IN YOUR HIPS
Hip pain means you’re too scared of moving. Sore hips could indicate that you’re resistant to moving on and changing. You might be too cautious when making decisions.
9. PAIN IN THE KNEES
Knee pain can be a sign that your ego is a little too big and that you’re thinking of yourself a little too highly. Humble yourself. Spend some time volunteering. Remember, you’re mortal.
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