As the therapist, I totally, completely and unabashedly agree with the article Unpack Your Emotional Baggage to Help Your Body Heal.
As the fibromyalgia/heart arrhythmia patient, I totally, completely and unabashedly deny I have or ever had “emotional baggage“.
As the patient I consulted the therapist. We fought. ‘Aha”! said the therapist, “You wouldn’t be fighting me if you had no emotional baggage.” I fired the therapist.
Excerpt from Unpack Your Emotional Baggage to Help Your Body Heal
“Looking at a list of body functions affected when women or men hold in their emotional baggage is staggering. This is why when you become ill, it’s so important to evaluate what you’re feeling, and what you have been feeling for the past six months — because some illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may take months to become symptomatic.”
- Constipation or diarrhea, as well as stomach pain/ulcers
- Back/Neck pain
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain or loss (eating disorders always have an emotional aspect)
- Sexual problems
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cancers (for example, pancreatic cancer may present with depression before the patient is symptomatic with cancer)
“There are many ways you can help a loved one or yourself unpack emotional baggage; try these suggestions and practice them frequently:
- Laugh as much as you can. Watch funny videos and allow yourself to laugh out loud.
- Cry when you need to. Don’t hold it in — just let it flow.
- Practice voicing, “I’m angry.” You don’t have to act on it, just say it out loud and say why.
- Mindful actions. Before you take any medication for a headache, stomach ache, backache, to stay awake, or to fall asleep, ask yourself: What am I holding on to? Begin jotting things down. This small action offers huge rewards.
- Massages are a common treatment for people who have gone through horrendous crisis, and they’re also a wonderful treatment for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Breathe and let go of held in emotional pain as the therapist works on the body part that holds the physical pain.
“Medical care has come a long way with advancements in treating so many illnesses. Your body is more than physical though: there is an emotional and soulful part, which is more complicated to treat. Knowing yourself and being able to express uncomfortable feelings is healthy, not only for your mind, but for your body and soul as well.”