Emotions and Your Health
"Hello? Are you listening to the question? "
So you’re not feeling right. Something is just not right. Perhaps you are experiencing frequent headaches, stomach upset, difficulty breathing, or feeling tired all the time. Maybe there is a mysterious skin rash that has appeared, or some relentless neck and back pain.
Many times, after agonizing days (or weeks) of discomfort, and perhaps the insistence of a loved one who says, “GO TO THE DOCTOR!!!”we seek the attention of our medical doctor because something is not right. By all means, a smart move. The doctor’s job is to rule-out some things and hopefully diagnose the problem. This is extremely important when we could be talking about the presence of disease or other condition that must be treated medically.
So, the doctor does his/her examination. Then you hear the question:
“How happy are you?”
You, “Excuse me?”
Doctor, “How happy are you?”
Imagine this question being part of the diagnostic examination. What does my happiness have to do with my pain? Perhaps everything.
Thankfully, there are many good doctors today who are asking this question, in different ways. LISTEN TO THE QUESTION.
However, perhaps your doctor didn’t look for cues of your emotional state as a possible link to your somatic (body’s) complaints. Or, if you happen to be one of those people who did not take yourself to the doctor to be asked the question, then listen to your body. It might be screaming at you:
HEART: “I feel so heavy. It seems everything is a chore. I cannot seem to find joy in anything.”
LUNGS: “The pressure of this situation feels like a boulder on me!”
SHOULDERS: “My husband doesn’t seem to love me like he used to.”
NECK: “Perhaps I can absorb the fear I have about confronting that situation.”
MIND: “I cannot turn off the thoughts that I feel so self-conscious around those people. They seem to have perfect lives and have no idea what mine is like.”
Don’t overlook the language of the body. It might be communicating to you loud and clear.
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