The fast pace of life and chronic stress make it difficult for us to stop and pay attention to our feelings and needs. Sometimes we pay a heavy price for the neglect of our body. We live with pain.
The sensation of pain (or a symptom) is driven by chronic stress in the body, while chronic stress is a direct consequence of the suppression of body impulses or emotions. It turns out that some symptoms or illnesses are caused by psychological reasons. In other words, an unhealthy condition may reflect the way our body adapts to the environment or the way we interact with the world (the way to get what you want).
The signs that your illness is psychosomatic:
o You can trace the link between an unhealthy condition and a stressful situation (work overload, fatigue, long-running conflicts, a loved one with an illness, and even too much joy, etc.)
o Medical records confirm that you are healthy.
o Your family has been experiencing any recurring diseases. The experts say that if you are liable to a disease, in case of chronic stress, this organ will be extremely vulnerable to negative impacts.
o You notice that malaise “restrains” your emotions. For example, if for some reason, you can’t be mad at a boss or your elderly mother, you may “punish” yourself with a headache.
o You suspect that malaise releases you from having to do something that you do not like or do not want. For example, a sudden blind headache releases you from visiting your husband’s relatives this weekend. The direct need, in this case, is to stay at home. However, the rules of decorum or other factors make you neglect this need. Therefore, a symptom appears to exempt you from an undesired action.
Try to explore the role of a symptom in your life. Honestly answer the question, “What will happen to your life, if the symptom disappears?” (How will your relationships change? What will you have to do yourself? etc.). Do not run to extremes, evaluating the answers. Perhaps, at some point, the symptom was the only possible way for you to adapt to the situation. Now you can choose a more efficient and cautious way in regard to yourself.