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Psychogenic tension – when the soul gets sick and the body speaks

In the 21st century, it is established knowledge that stress and negative emotions have a huge impact on our health and well-being. Many unpleasant events in our lives can become a source of not only mental, but also physical pain. This generally unconscious process can slowly destroy our body and lead to more diseases, which even doctors find difficult to discover the source.

Stress, anxiety and tension have become the pandemics of modern societies. As a result of chronic, powerful nervous states, our psyche becomes overwhelmed. The body does, however, give us signs; irritability, tiredness, lack of focus, non-restful sleep, and disordered thinking. At the same time, we are starting to produce increasing amounts of cortisol, which overloads our body. This hormone in strong concentrations has a negative effect on our kidneys, immune system, heart, metabolism and even the reproductive system. If we do not react to the signs that our body is trying to give us in time, we will feel debilitated and become ill. 

See how your body reacts

Is your well-being affected by too much tension or stress? Remember that half the battle is being conscious of the effects. If you examine your symptoms more closely, you will likely react in time and seek help. Fortunately, the mechanisms that govern your psyche are easily felt. Think about an unpleasant situation or something you fear and observe how your body reacts, the changes in your breathing and heart rate. Now recall a pleasant situation and a person you love, then see how different your body’s reactions are; the tension decreases and your breathing evens out.  It is often the case that people who get sick e.g. with hypertension, and organic causes are excluded, certain similar personality traits are observed. These are associated with specific emotions and a similar reaction style or a way of thinking.

Feelings of alarm

We interpret anger through many other emotional states. Unfortunately, most of the energy associated with anger is suppressed, blocked and carried within ourselves. By suppressing one emotion, we limit the ability to experience the others, including the desired positive emotions. Furthermore, suppressing anger does not make it disappear. Its force increases, and while it is blocked will translate into tensions in the body.  Anger is one of the warning emotions that enables us to express, defend or attack. The area where anger accumulates are the hands, torso and head, mainly the jaws. The alarming feelings most often progressing after one another at different intervals are successively: irritability, annoyance, then anger, rage and fury.

How to break this chain?

Here are some suggestions:

– Think about what is most often caused to tension and what discharges it.

– Try to praise yourself in your thoughts for the smallest successes.

– Analyse how much time you need to recover after a stressful experience. What do you do then? Remember? You’re calming down, and shifting stress to someone else? Also, try to notice the positive aspects of negative experiences.

– Build small targets that are within your reach – by the way, you’ll notice that many things depend only on you.

– Learn how to make plans for every day, then a week or even a month.

– Remember about breaks – from work, phone or even other people if you need it.

– Remember your hobbies from the last months or years. Do things that please you.