LINKING PAIN WITH EMOTION
1 – Headaches and Migraines
Most chronic headaches and migraines are triggered by the daily stresses of life. Generalized anxiety also causes headaches. Repressed (bottled-up) emotions surrounding stress — such as anxiety, worry, drama, and fatigue — can increase muscle tension, and dilated (widened) blood vessels can make a migraine worse.
An interesting trigger of the contemporary headache may be associated with the company we keep. For example, do you notice a tension headache when your abusive partner arrives home? Does your frontal headache show up around the time your narcissistic boss shows up to work?
2 – Neck and Shoulder Pain
As stress starts to accumulate in our minds and bodies, the first place it typically manifests physically is in our shoulders and neck. Chronic neck and shoulder pain often arise from trying to carry the weight of the world on one’s shoulders, an inability to let go of a person or situation, or the inability to forgive.
3 – Back Pain
The emotional link to back pain depends on the area. Upper back pain can indicate you are lacking proper emotional support from those around you. Lower back pain, on the other hand, might mean that you’re worried about your financial situation.
4 – Abdominal Pain
Emotional stress wreaks havoc  on our digestive system. Long-term depression, anxiety, or PTSD can cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic ulcers, and general discomfort. Many stomach disorders indicate a failure to “stomach” a person or a situation which you dread or cannot tolerate. It can also mean that it’s difficult for you to deal with a person or situation that contradicts your plans, habits, or lifestyle. This may cause you to inwardly criticize yourself, preventing you from letting go of the situation.
5-PAIN IN THE EXTEMITY’S
Pain or stiffness in our hips might indicate fear of going forward in major decisions or feeling there’s nothing to move forward to. Are you trying to avoid moving on from a past experience or state? Knee pain, stiffness or inflexibility may reflect rigidity in your perception of the future. It occurs more often in those who are unable to bend to new ideas, such as the idea of a different life. Pain in our arms might represent the incapacity and inability to hold the experiences of life.
6-ALL OVER PAIN
Our bodies sometimes utilize widespread musculoskeletal pain as a defensive tool to distract our minds from chronic emotional repression or imbalance. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and medical treatments just aren’t working, consider thoroughly evaluating your emotional state.
7-Counseling or Group Therapy
Over long periods of time, negative emotions can start to feel “normal.” If you aren’t sure where to start, talking to a therapist can help identify some areas to improve. Support groups can also provide dynamic feedback in a safe environment.
8-Yoga and Meditation
Many studies show that developing a yoga and meditation routine can help reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression and help us move towards a more-balanced emotional state. Sometimes we repress our emotions which, over time, leads to psychosomatic pain. Developing better communication skills can help us express our emotions properly so they don’t create an unnecessary burden on our bodies. If you are in a situation or relationship where you aren’t able to express yourself or your emotions, it may be time to consider ways to detach so you can move forward into emotional and physical healing. Our emotions are often directly linked to our physical ailments.
By identifying and treating our negative mental state, we can properly heal our bodies from the inside out.
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