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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Physical Symptoms of Stress

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There is one thing that will never lie to you and that is your own body. If you are living deep inside of a toxic system, experiencing emotional trauma, or using abusing behaviors to cope you can count on one thing that will always tell the absolute truth.

Your body will clearly shout out for help.  Ulcers, headaches, general malaise, diarrhea, heart palpitations, poor memory, stomach aches, shakiness, anxiety or anxiety attacks, chronic fatigue, choking, shortness of breath, loss of appetite or food cravings, sleep disturbances, muscle tension, dry mouth, or general pains. Your body will not be silent. It is resilient, but it is not silent.

Bodies do not deny. Bodies are predictable. Bodies are truthful. Bodies respond with natural consequences. People who experience trauma or abuse almost always experience physical illness that can be traced back to stress. The problem is that many people who are living inside of toxic relationships have disconnected from their bodies, or have stopped paying attention to physical cues that their bodies provide. 

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, these conditions both have an array of physical symptoms that are difficult to ignore; from headaches and stomach aches, your body is communicating with you, asking you to pay attention. If your method of survival has been to ignore or to deny abuse, your body will not allow you to ignore for very long. It will begin to telegraph messages to you through physical discomfort.

A good physician will recognize the body's physical manifestations of painful, abusive, unhealthy, and hidden toxic patterns and relationships. See a good physician and let them know exactly how your emotional struggle is being displayed through these body cues.

Pay attention. If you're not sure of the realities of your life, listen to what your body is telling you. It is resilient, trustworthy, and honest. What is your body telling you?

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