We are living in a modern era where expressing emotions suggest weakness, and because of that people hide them or try to suppress them. This is so wrong as burying them deep inside of you can bring only stress and anxiety. Moreover, this is not a way how to heal your wounds,
If your feelings are not expressed, then not only our psyche will suffer, but as well as our body. All that unconscious stress will end up somatizing the body thus triggering various diseases.
A psychosomatic illness is a condition that has emotional origin. It was first acknowledged in the time of Sigmund Freud, after the discovery of the unconscious and its relation to the body. All those negative emotions that are not being properly channeled through create psychosomatic conditions. The body gets distressed due to psychic distress.
Dr. Sean Grover is a psychotherapist who has analyzed the sources of repression and offered comprehensive information on psychosomatic symptoms caused and aggravated by mental factors like stress.
Physical Pains Related to Mental Health
- Headache and anxiety
“Stress gets into your head”? Several conducted studies have proven this statement to be true stating that migraines and headaches have a psychological origin. As per the findings of the studies by ANAES (National Agency for Evaluation and Health Accreditation) on the use of non-drug treatments, the “therapeutic stress treatments”, including relaxation, biofeedback and cognitive therapy can offer positive results.
- Back pain and stress
As per the findings of Dr. Gilles Mondoloni, osteopathic doctor, acupuncturist and author of Stop Backpain, it is the nerve endings of the back muscles that convey the message of stress. When overwhelmed with such information, the muscles of the spine will tend to tense and contract thereby causing diffuse pain.
- Heart and emotional distress
Emotional stress influences the health of the heart. You have heard about the phrase of “a broken heart” which is true as the stress severely weakens the heart thus triggering symptoms that are similar to those ones of a heart attack. Try to release the stress and pressure in order to protect your heart from unwanted injuries.
When no organic origin is present, ask yourself if your discomfort is not psychosomatic. Releasing the pressure can sometimes do you good.
- Upset stomach and fear
We all know how our stomach feels when experiencing fear. Scientists have tried to explain this feeling by measuring the activity of neurons in the digestive system. Several thousand cells have a specific rhythm that contributes to the movements of the colon which is referred to as the “second brain”.
Therefore, your stomach ache could be a result of stress, but nonetheless you need to check this with your doctor. Sean Grover recommends expressing emotions so that negative effects of stress are being reduced.
- Numbness and repression
When there is an overexciting situation people tend to suppress their emotions, but this makes the body paralyzed being unable to express hypersensitivity. As a result of that numbness appears in the legs, hands and arms. Hence, it would be best way to try to recognize the trauma and thus overcome its effects.
- Neck/shoulder pain and overwork
Being overworked will contribute to feeling empty and the burnout person cannot recover even after resting. The body lacks energy and has exhausted all its reserves thus leading to back, neck, shoulders, or arms pain.
Try to find the best organization for you by start saying ‘no’ when feeling burnt and overworked. It is not a bad thing if you ask for a help from your associates.
- Fatigue and depressed mood
When you do not want to take any action against your sad or irritable mood, the body will start to reveal all its side effects. All the downsides of these mental conditions will reflect on the body which will reflect through a feeling of fatigue without providing a solution. You need to develop the feeling of self-awareness in order to protect your body from all the negative effects of your moods.
This sleep disorder is the most common somatic symptom as a result of various psychological conditions. Psychologists have made a thorough analyses looking for the right reason that causes insomnia. In most cases insomnia was a result of anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability, and hyperactivity.