When the mind is in turmoil, it comes out in our bodies and in our overall health. This is what is known as a psychosomatic process. The link between the body and the mind, or the brain, is very strong. For example, when we bottle up feelings of fear or sadness, we can feel a knot in our stomachs, or a feeling of tightness in our chest. So what is the impact on our health and on our bodies when we bottle up our emotions?
From headaches to depression
In general, we talk about psychosomatic problems when a person bottles up very intense emotions, feelings that they can’t seem to process and that they handle poorly. For example, someone who is not fulfilled in their work life could experience headaches or stomach aches at work or before going to work. They could feel depressed or suffer from insomnia. Sometimes, this stressful situation can lead to stomach ulcers or depression. The person should talk to someone about what is bothering them and take action before they get sick, or before psychosomatic problems start to manifest.
It is the same for many negative emotions, such as sadness, sorrow or anger, which can also lead to the development of illnesses.
From heart disease to skin problems
Bottling up your emotions over time can have a knock-on effect or a pressure cooker effect. Tension builds up until the pressure becomes too much, and the pot begins to boil over.
Such repressed tension and pressure end up manifesting as health problems and have an impact on the body, sometimes causing:
- coronary heart disease, the most common form of heart disease, which is caused by lesions on the walls of the blood vessels that bring blood to the heart.
- intense headaches, linked to stress.
- asthma: stress and certain emotions can lead to asthma attacks
- lower back pain, which is one of the main causes of people going on sick leave, and often linked to emotional problems.
- skin problems such as eczema, which manifests as redness and scaly skin with an itching sensation, often linked to stress.
Release your emotions instead of bottling them up inside
Obviously, we are not suggesting that you let go to the point of shouting at your boss and handing in your resignation immediately! A little balance and good communication goes a long way, as well as a few weeks of careful reflection….
Similarly, there is no point in lashing out in a flood of emotions at your partner if you are having relationship problems. Release your emotions, yes, but while also respecting others and their emotions. Softly softly.
If you know where your stress, unease, negative or even positive emotions are coming from, talk about them calmly and honestly with the relevant person. You will feel liberated from the weight of your emotions.