Western medicine is big business.
We routinely shell out hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on doctor visits, pharmaceuticals, and OTC pain medicines to simply try to “feel better,” oftentimes overlooking something VERY important — the undeniable link between the body, mind, spirit, and emotions.
Human beings often experience pain as a result of connections between the physical and emotional, but most of us aren’t paying attention.
You’ve become pretty great at responding to texts, but easily let the messages your body is sending you go unread.
Next time you feel an ache or pain, don’t reach directly for the Ibuprofen. Instead, watch for these signs that your ailment may be the result of emotional stress.
8 Types Of Pain Linked To Emotional Stress
- Neck Pain
If you feel pain in your neck, you may have trouble forgiving others or yourself. If you’re feeling neck pain, consider the things you love about people.
- Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain may indicate that you’re carrying a heavy emotional burden. That’s where the saying “shouldering a problem” comes from. Focus in on some proactive problem solving and distributing some of that burden to other people in your life.
- Head Pain
Pain in your head, like headaches, can be caused by stresses of the day. Take some time to relax and ease the stress every day.
- Upper Back Pain
Upper back pain means you don’t have enough emotional support. You may feel unloved and unwanted. If you’re single, this may mean it’s time to go out on a date or two.
- Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain might mean you’re too worried about money. It may be a good time to ask for that overdue raise or consider a financial planner.
- Hand Aches and Pains
Hand pain means you may not be reaching out to others in the way you should be. Consider making new friends, having lunch with a co-worker, and making a new connection.
- Hip Pain
Hip pain means you’re too scared of moving. Sore hips could indicate that you’re resistant to moving on and changing. You might be too cautious when making decisions.
- Knee Pain
Knee pain can be a sign that your ego is a little too big and that you’re thinking of yourself a little too highly. Humble yourself. Spend some time volunteering. Remember, you’re mortal.
In holistic medicine, the first step to healing is to listening. Are you ready to give your body the attention it deserves? It may just provide the relief you’re seeking.
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Don Patrick is an amateur writer and sports enthusiast. He loves reading books, listening to the Huberman Lab Podcast, and spending time with his family and friends. Don is also a personal trainer and youth hockey coach.