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Last Updated on April 27, 2019

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 from Centripetal Force Studio,[1] 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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    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:

    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.

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    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

    Reference

    [1] Centripetal Force Studio: Emotional Pain Chart

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    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

    You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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    1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

    It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

    Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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    2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

    If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

    3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

    If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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    4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

    A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

    5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

    If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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    Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

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