Updated: Mar 4
When we're feeling stressed or emotional, we often become focused on the negative. This is because our bodies react to stress and emotion in very physical ways. Some examples include: your shoulders, hips, gut, and mind.
Where your emotions and stress reside in your body can tell you a lot about where you need to focus your healing, and how to get back to a healthy place when you're feeling stressed or emotional.
In the body, emotions are stored in certain areas of the brain or body. When you're stressed or emotional, those areas can be triggered by certain situations. For example, when you feel angry about something that happened at work and then have to deal with it for several days after your shift is over, it's likely that those feelings will stay with you for a while even though they're not happening right now.
So how do we know where our emotions are stored? Well, if someone says something hurtful to us (or even just thinks it), their words may trigger an emotion which then causes physical sensations—like hot flashes—in our bodies!
Drop those shoulders!!! If you find yourself feeling tense in your shoulders, it may be a sign of stress or anxiety. The shoulder is the most commonly used area for storing emotions, so when we experience stress or anxiety, our bodies respond by storing these feelings there instead of other parts of our body where they might be more appropriate.
The best way to release these negative emotions from the shoulders is by taking a hot shower or bath with Epsom salts. This will help relax muscles and ease soreness associated with prolonged tension in this area.
If you have trouble reaching these places without hurting yourself further—or if there's something else going on that prevents it—you can also massage them with gentle pressure for about five minutes at least twice per day until relief occurs naturally over time.
The hips are the center of your body. They're where you store all of your energy, power, and joy. You can think of them as a storage facility for emotions when they happen to be triggered by something or someone in your day-to-day life.
Your lower body is also where you store your energy. If your lower body is strong and flexible, it can hold more energy than if it's weak and inflexible. When you have a stronger and more flexible lower body, you're able to keep your emotions in check. You're also able to better manage the difficult situations that come up in everyday life.
To maintain a flexible hip area try some hip stretches such as pigeon stretch, butterfly stretch, standing figure four stretch, and lunges. Not only will these stretches relieve physical tension in your hip, they will also release emotional tension.
Your gut is the first line of defense against stress. It's also the second brain, and it can help you understand why people react differently to things like grief or grief-related illness. The gut is where most of your immune system resides, so it makes sense that it would have some effect on mood as well.
The stomach contains 95% of the serotonin produced in your body. If you don't know what that is... when serotonin is at normal levels, you feel more focused, emotionally stable, happier and calmer. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression.
6 ways to a Happier Gut
Eat healthy foods that are nutrient-dense, like vegetables and fish. You can also eat whole grains, legumes and nuts. These foods help nourish the gut with good bacteria and other nutrients that are important for good digestive health.
Exercise: even mild physical activity can help reduce stress and depression.
Reduce Caffeine: in high doses, caffeine can increase your anxiety level.
Breathing Exercises: deep breathing exercises can have a significant impact on your state of mind.
Try calming diffuser oils or incenses: lavender is known to have relaxing effects.
Try herbal remedies: herbal teas such as ginger and peppermint can soothe your intestines.
The mind is the most important part of your body. It’s where you think, feel and make decisions. If you have a strong mind then it can also be a source of stress or anxiety. You may find yourself worrying about things that might seem small in comparison to what's happening in your life at any given moment but these worries can accumulate over time until they become an overwhelming burden that keeps you from being able to enjoy anything else in life.
The best way to release emotions from the mind are through mindfulness meditation exercises. A simple way to try this is to simply sit still and turn your attention outward, focus on the sounds around you until you get to a place where you can clear your mind and have no thoughts. Meditation is a daily practice so try to let go of expectations and standards, just focus on being.
So, where are you? Remember, if you feel like your emotional core is in your hips or shoulders, then you may need to work with that area more intensively than someone who feels the stress of their emotions in the gut.
Find out what your emotional style is by taking this questionnaire.
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