What These 6 Physical Symptoms Reveal About Your Mental & Emotional Health

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How To Stop Emotional Eating, Pain & Other Medical Symptoms Of A Broken Heart With These 9 Holistic Approaches To Mental & Emotional Health
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How to decode the signs of a broken heart.

When you're dealing with uncomfortable pain or worrisome physical symptoms — like problems with your heart — there's likely more to the story than a medical diagnosis alone can tell you, which is why using a more holistic approach can help paint a more clear and comprehensive picture about what's really going on in your body, as it relates to your emotional and mental health.

For example, I can tell what is going on in your heart by what is happening in your shoulders. The medical world wants you to check your cholesterol and take meds for it. Then, they want you to check your blood pressure and take more meds for that.

But, there's more to your heart problems than cholesterol and blood pressure. Heart issues come down to an underlying emotional cause of heartbreak or result from other mental health issues that weigh on your heart.

It's true: Your broken heart can result in real medical symptoms. Think about what parts of your life are stressing your heart on an emotional level — from your relationships with your family and friends to your work to yourself. Have you noticed any issues affecting your emotional and mental health that may be the real reason your physical well-being is declining?

If so, there is a holistic medicine approach to dealing with the pain, emotional eating response, and other physical symptoms of a broken heart.

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Ancient traditional eastern wisdom says that physical heart issues are rooted in the emotional issues with your spouse, whether that is a formal or informal relationship.

Stress plays a huge role in your emotional health, so you need to deal with the issues of your emotional heart in order to address the issues of the physical heart or feelings of pain and medical symptoms elsewhere in the body.

Often, the first symptom of heartbreak is emotional eating, which sets up the dietary aspects of heart disease.

We eat comfort foods. We eat to fill the yearning in the heart that we can’t fill through a broken or damaged relationship.

What are you avoiding by eating? The only way to release a stress is to face it. Think back to your childhood. Did you have nightmares about the monster in the closet or the bogeyman under the bed? When your mom came in, turned on the light and showed you that nothing was there, the fear melted away.

It is the same with your current fears and nightmares. As long as they are kept in the dark, worried about, pushed down and ignored, or otherwise avoided, they just keep growing and gnawing at your gut.

So turn on the light, bring them out, inspect them, face them, and let them go. Natural Bioenergetics addresses those issues in a respectful way that does not make you talk about them or rehash them. Using meridians, your energy around the stresses are re-tuned and then released from your memory and muscles.

Stop the pain and the over-eating by letting the light in and restoring the proper energy balance in relation to the stress.

Your pain and other symptoms can actually help you pinpoint the underlying issues with your emotional or mental health, including heartbreak.

Next, you see the symptoms in the shoulder blade, rotator cuff, and upper back. Physical injuries and weaknesses have an emotional basis.

Author Louise Hay says that shoulder problems are from carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. In her book, Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them, she explains that shoulders “represent our ability to carry out experiences in life joyously. We make life a burden by our attitude.”

Is the financial or emotional burden all on your shoulders and you feel responsible, fearful and inadequate? That wear and tear will show up in your shoulders.

Think about your last injury. What was going on emotionally at home or at your job at that time? What worries and stresses, losses, attacks were you facing?

Those issues need to be addressed to create healing.

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Often, it is an accumulation of similar stressors over time where the final straw was too much and the physical gave out under the weight of many unresolved issues.

Here are a few more to explore:

  1. Upper back: Lack of emotional support. i.e. "No one understands or supports me."
  2. Middle back: Guilt, all that stuff that did not get resolved and feel responsible for.
  3. Rotator Cuff Injury: Lack of movement in one’s life or stuck moving forward.
  4. Arthritis: Feeling unloved, hearing criticism, and feeling resentment.
  5. Neck pain: Poor flexibility and not being able to see what’s back there and an unbending bullheadedness.
  6. Heart and blood: The heart represents love and blood represents joy. When you deny yourself love and joy, the heart becomes sluggish, shrunken, pumps poorly and brings on serious heart disease.

What can you do about these issues to resolve the heart issues that result in shoulder pain and limited mobility?

From a holistic medicine perspective, the physical, emotional, spiritual, and toxic levels are all examined for their contribution to the issue and the solution.

No one thing is going to solve it all. By the time it has manifested as physical heart issues, you already have a complex set of patterns to untangle.

To stop emotional eating, chronic pain, and other physical symptoms, here are 9 holistic medicine approaches that can help your emotional and mental health.

1. Find a good holistic therapist.

Preferably someone with multiple skills to help you put together the plan that will work for you.

For example, I use several methods, including Natural BioEnergetics (a type of energy kinesiology) and Matrix Energetics, to address the emotional stuff. There are many good therapists who are experts in holistic care available.

2. Take supplements.

Nutritional supplements may be needed to help regrow or clean the tissues. Find someone that can properly muscle test the right ones for you.

Everyone's needs are highly specific. Choose supplements based on cause, rather than treating a symptom.

3. Try different treatments.

Laser/micro-current treatments change the tissues at the cellular level, if needed, while cleaning out the emotional toxins.

This supports the healing and resets the electrical and information flow through the affected areas.

4. Take care of yourself.

Self-care is also a big part of healing yourself, holistically.

The East House Centre has various videos on self-care exercises to do for yourself.

5. Read self-help books.

In Pushing the Reset Button: The Busy Professionals Guide To A Healthy Lifestyle You Will Love, you find a wealth of tips, techniques, and tools to help you get control over the stresses in your life.

6. Use affirmations.

Try some of Louise Hay's Affirmations or make up your own.

  • "I choose to allow all my experiences to be joyous and loving."
  • "I am healthy and whole, my body heals with ease and grace."
  • "I love and approve of myself. Life supports and loves me."

You can also get a daily meme affirmation on her website.

7. Acknowledge your pain.

Sometimes, pain just needs to be acknowledged. Here is a thought to try and see if it works for you:

"I see/feel you.

I acknowledge you.

I love you.

I listen to you: What message do you have for me?

Thank you."

Spend some time listening to your body when you ask, "What message do you have for me?" Actually sit and listen and wait to see what appears.

Sometimes, if you write it down, put it into words, and let your body speak, you will gain clarity and understanding of what you are dealing with.

8. Try to forgive.

We are always working through forgiveness. Often, people say, "I thought I already forgave that. I already dealt with that."

The truth is, until there is no longer an emotional wellness charge, there is still some letting go to do. Forgiveness is for your benefit. If you don’t hold onto the hot coal they threw at you, it can’t burn you any longer.

9. Breathe.

Breathe in, "I choose to let healing flow in." Breath out "as fear/anger/pain flows out." Repeat until you feel calm.

Healing is a process that comes through addressing life. Don’t hold the pain in your shoulders or your heart. You deserve to be whole.

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Linda Easthouse is a stress management coach, energy medicine professional, radionics master, and best-selling author. Take control of your stresses, establish healthy patterns, and attain success and well-being. Many athletes and business owners seek her assistance to optimize their performance and outcomes. Contact Linda Linda@easthousecentre.com to resolve your heart and shoulder issues.

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This article was originally published at East House Natural Health . Reprinted with permission from the author.

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