5 Common Pain Conditions and How They Relate to Your Emotions

By Amy Taylor on September 25, 2017

 What we feel affects our physical health too. When we are happy, we feel physically empowered and full of life. But when we are emotionally pained, so does our body. 

Below are the most common pain conditions and how they relate to our emotional health:
Back Pain
Many people suffer from back pain and receive no clear diagnosis from their GPs. This is because too often, it is related to our emotional state. Back pain in general, can be a symptom of stress. Upper back pain can indicate lack of proper emotional support from people around you. Lower back pain could mean you are worried about your financial situation. 

Pain in Extremities
Pain or stiffness in the hips can mean being afraid to making new decisions or moving forward. It happens more often in those who are unable to bend to new ideas, such as the idea of a different life. Pain in the arms may also symbolise the inability to hold the experiences of life.
Headaches and Migraines
Most headaches and daily migraines are brought about by our daily stressors. Anxiety issues can also trigger severe headache. Repressed emotions, such as anxiety, worry, drama, and fatigue, can make headache or migraine worse for other people.

Neck and Shoulder Pain
When stress accumulates in the body, the first place it typically manifests physically are the neck and shoulder. Chronic neck and shoulder pain may indicate a person’s struggles to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, inability to let go of a person or situation, and the inability to forgive. 
Abdominal Pain
Stomach problems can indicate the inability to face a challenging situation. Overtime, emotional stress can lead to digestive disorders. Serious mental health problems, such as depression, PTSD, and chronic anxiety, may trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic ulcers, and general discomfort.
Therapies to Try
If you experience any of these emotional health-related problems, there are things you can do to overcome them. Consider trying any of these tested therapies:
Talk Therapy
A professional psychotherapist can help you determine and understand the root cause of your emotional issues. Support groups can also provide dynamic support and a safe environment for you to talk about what you are going through.
Meditation and Yoga
Meditation is a great mind-body practice that addresses both your emotional and physical health. research has shown that people who practice meditation and yoga regularly tend to be happier and are less likely to experience pain issues.

Emotional Regulation
Learning to acknowledge rather than repressing negative emotions is a very important tool that can greatly improve your mental health. If you feel like this approach is something you can’t do right now or on your own, seeking a professional therapist can greatly help.

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