Over the years, I have become more and more fascinated with how emotions can affect our physical health, as well as how hard it is for many people to accept that mind-body connection! Strange, under the circumstances, isn't it? One of the parts of my health coaching practice, that I enjoy most, is helping people to notice how their emotions are all accompanied by physical sensation, how the mind and body are connected. Most of us readily accept that stress can exacerbate symptoms we may already have. And we have all had experiences like blushing when embarrassed, or butterflies in the stomach when we're nervous. Sometimes our palms sweat or our heart races. Some of us even feel queasy, or have stomach pains, when we're afraid. So why is it so hard for many of us to take the mental leap into the possibility of something emotional at the root of chronic pain, or illness that has been hounding us for months, or years? Why would we rather take medication or even have surgery—that most of the time doesn't work, or works only temporarily, or alleviates a symptom only to have the symptom show up in another part of the body—than entertain the possibility that the cause, and cure, of our pain lies quite literally within, in unconscious emotions?
Deborah Donenfeld is an HYL-certified health coach who encourages her clients to go deep, and specializes in helping people to understand the mind-body connection, uncovering the deeper factors contributing to health issues and stuck-ness. She lives in Manhattan and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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