How you can get rid of stomach problems by getting to know your feelings. Part 1.
How you can get rid of stomach problems by getting to know your feelings. A series on how holding your emotions down can afftect your health.
The next few posts I`ll write a bit about how holding your feelings down can give stomach problems. I`ve written a bit about this before, especially on how holding your emotions down can cause muscle tension. The next few posts I`ll focus on how holding your emotions down can cause stomach problems like nausea, pain, obstipation, diarrhea or symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
And before you cancel all your trips to the doctor: When I`m saying symptoms I`m talking about medically unexplained symptoms, that means symptoms without a medical cause. If you`re experiencing physical symptoms, you should always have them checked out by a doctor first.
Now back to the topic: before I talk about holding feelings down, I`ll talk a bit about what feelings really are. Feelings are physical reactions in your body. Every feeling has a distinct activation pattern in your body (sadness makes you want to cry, anger gives you energy and so on). The purpose of a feeling is to tell you, in a very clear way, what meaning the things that happen in your life has. It basically works like a compass pointing you in the right direction, away from harm towards what`s good.
The problem comes when we`re consciously or unconsciously try to keep our feelings down, trying to avoid feeling or dealing with them. This can cause a lot of problems. One problem is that your compass in life is broken making it more difficult for you to know what`s good for you. Another thing is that the way the body supresses feelings is by activating the anxiety system. So, when feelings are getting held down this basically creates a constant anxiety reaction in your body. This covering up process can, when it creates an anxiety reaction over a long period of time, give you a lot of physical symptoms like nausea, muscle tension and many other things. Next post I`ll get more into how this process works and how to deal with it.
Keep in mind that what I`m posting is how the research on this area looks right now. Different fields have different explanations to this phenomenon and “the truth” develops all the time. This is meant as a help for the people who feels at home in this explanation, if you don`t feel like this is you then just leave it.