Many of us aren’t comfortable with our emotions, we have learned to push them away so we don’t have to feel and think about them. Feeling your emotions physically can be a challenge but a necessary one that is relevant to your overall health.
When you experience an emotion, Electric signals course through your brain and trigger physical sensations in your body. The physical sensations can be as varied as- your stomach muscles tightening, your heart rate increasing, and your breathing quickening, or your mouth going dry. Because your mind and body are so tightly connected, one of the most effective ways to understand your emotions as they are happening is to learn how to spot the physical changes that accompany your emotions.
We need to process and experience our feelings to fully live. An ideal life is when we feel good about ourselves, have healthy relationships and are able to manage the day-to-day stress driven by emotion with relative ease.
Our emotions send us important signals.
When you are aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours you have good emotional health. Each of us, has a mind/body connection where our body reacts to the way we think, feel, and act. Feeling your emotions physically is paramount. When we are feeling distressed or anxious our body reacts and sends a signal to let us know that something isn’t right. Sometimes we have health issues that act as a messenger to indicate there is a problem. For instance, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer can be a symptom of stress or another health issue. Similarly appreciating the physical effects that accompany specific emotions is vital to early detection and awareness.
One way to assess the physical effects of your emotions is to plan a time when you're alone to practice the following:
- Assess the speed at which your heart is beating - Is it fast or slow?
- What is the pace of your breathing?
- How tense are the muscles in your arms, legs, back and neck?
- Reflect back to events in your life that create a strong emotion in you– one positive and one negative.
Take the time to re-create the event in your mind so that you can feel the emotions stirred in you.
- What Physical changes are attached to those feelings?
- Do they affect your heart rate and breathing?
- Do your muscles feel tense?
- What does the temperature of your body feel like?