Emotions are a part of our life and not expressing it can be hazardous to health. Most of us consider that expressing our emotions is a sign of weakness. And, that’s completely false. We all are human beings and are meant to be expressive. We are meant to build relationships and coexist in harmony with each other. If you keep suppressing your thoughts, you are sure to invite health issues. Yes, emotions are connected to our health.
One day my neighbor was returning from her work and I happen to interact with her. She was dull and upset and I probed her. She revealed that she is heading back from the doctor’s clinic and that she been diagnosed with gastrointestinal problems. I was surprised to know that it was due to her stress and anxiety. I further probed her and asked her what was bothering her so much
Her husband was diagnosed with heart ailments and this was her major concern. He was her greatest support and she just cannot bother him with her worries. There was too much of hidden emotions in her and she was just unable to talk to him thinking that it might affect his health.
The doctor prescribed her medicines and a strict diet. Along with this, he sid that she might develop stomach ulcers if, she doesn’t control her stress levels. I was surprised to know the deep connection between stress and stomach ulcers. I was glad that she was opening up to me. She was sharing her problems and letting me know that there was a problem and she wanted some listening ears. I thanked her for considering me worthy enough to share her problems and asked her to talk to me whenever she was over-stressed.
She walked to her place with a smile on her face. I was thanking the doctor in my mind as, he had been honest enough to find out the root cause of the problem. He just didn’t give her the false hopes that only medicines will help her out. Somewhere, I feel all of us have the pent-up emotions that must be let out some or the other day. Storing emotions will not only make you think too much, but, it will also take away your inner peace.
All of us are carrying, the weight of emotions such that we aren’t even aware of it. Most of the times we blame external factors without even knowing that pent-up emotions have stolen our inner-peace.
Next time when you feel that there is someone who needs to be listened to, do lend your ears. Show interest in what the other person is talking about. Probe him or her and allow them to find the comfort zone in you. In this process of exchanging emotions, you are sure to improve your interpersonal skills and be a better person.
Next time, when you are stressed out, find out the cause and do let your emotions out.