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This Is How Negative Emotions Cause Pain On Different Body Parts

This Is How Negative Emotions Cause Pain On Different Body Parts

You may already be aware of the deep, powerful, almost spiritual connection between our mind and body.

You’ve probably read countless stories about miraculous physical feats like mothers lifting impossibly heavy objects to save their children, people surviving for weeks in the wilderness without enough food or warmth, and sportsmen breaking records nobody thought could be beaten a week prior. You’ve also probably heard mind-blowing tales about the mind’s incredible power to heal the body: amazing cancer recoveries, unexplainable cures, and rapid improvements in terminally-ill patients for what appear to be no reason.

But have you ever wondered how this is actually possible?

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How the mind can heal the body

The secret is understanding that the relationship between mind and body goes two ways. Just as it heals the body, your mind can also be a source of pain and disease.

This is particularly obvious with stress. Think about the last time you really felt stressed. How did your body feel? Did you begin to lose sleep, tense your muscles more often, and generally ‘feel’ unhealthy? That’s because your body was becoming more unbalanced. Stress and anxiety negatively affect both the chemical balances and the muscle structure in your body, because they condition it to constantly activate the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. As a result, the body is permanently responding to a physical threat that isn’t actually there – and it’s programmed to be ready to either run or stand and engage in combat.

Studies show strong links between stress and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, hernias and gastro-related problems. If you or someone you know deals with a high amount of stress, it could eventually manifest in their body in these ways.

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And it’s not just stress either. Research into mind and body connections is showing that there are some very specific links between our emotions, particularly negative emotions, and the presence of pain in specific body parts.

In the chart below you will see the relationships between some pain that you or a friend might be having, and a particular area of the body:

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    Source

    : http://www.cforcestudio.com/resources/emotional-pain-chart

    If you’ve ever wondered why you always get repeating ankle pain, it could be because you’re feeling guilty about something that happened a long time ago. Or, perhaps you’ve experienced something that prevents you from enjoying pleasure. The connections may not be obvious, and might even be indirectly related. If something doesn’t come up straight away, think on it for a while. Something might strike you three days later in the shower!

    How you can alleviate the pain in these body parts

    If you’ve discovered some negative emotions that could be affecting your body, or that of a family member or friend, here’s what you can do next:

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    1. You may intuitively know your next step. It might be as easy as accepting that your life is a bit unbalanced right now, and taking some obvious action to rebalance it.
    2. The best way to improve your health or alleviate pain straight away is with affirmations. If you haven’t come across these before, they are phrases that you repeat to yourself daily, often at a particular time of day, so that it becomes a habit that affirm to your body and mind that something is true. To do this, simply identify what you’re lacking in your life, construct a powerful phrase that affirms it’s already true (such as ‘I let money flow to me freely and easily’), and repeat daily.

    If you’re stuck (as I was when wanted to know what to do about my chronic back pains) check out Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body app, which will give you some fantastic starting points. I’ve been repeating the money affirmations for years and they have been a tremendous help to me.

    The secret to a healthy body is a healthy mind

    The body is a complicated place, and there may be more going on that you need to consider when taking action to heal yourself. But if you consider not only how you treat your body but also how you treat your mind by paying attention to your thoughts and the patterns of negative emotions that play out in your life, you could find yourself experiencing a dramatic shift in your energy levels, your pain management, and your overall quality of life.

    Featured photo credit: Ashley Rose (needs to be credited) via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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