Many aren’t aware that stress may be causing their digestive issues.
The feelings we have about life experiences actually need to be ‘digested’ emotionally so that they don’t accumulate in our bodies.
The feelings we don’t ‘digest’ turn into a ‘heaviness’, that is stored within our organs and tissues. The stagnant residue of our undigested emotions and other stresses impair the functions of the internal organs, which can lead to all kinds of digestive upsets.
This can have a dulling effect on our consciousness. The residue of the feelings and other stresses held within the body, impair our ability to process our emotions and work through issues. I always liken it to emptying the recycle bin in our email. We definitely can get a build up.
Those who don’t deal with their emotions are more likely to turn to refined sugar and other unhealthy foods to diminish the intensity of their anxiety and other stressful feelings. We can all identify with this!
Smoking, drinking alcohol or using other substances can also help to deaden the feelings. The only thing is, the process of desensitization that takes place as we numb our feelings, diminishes our capacity to process our emotions and issues.
Therefore we end up feeling disconnected from our bodies and that is when imbalance can occur, such as gas or bloating or worse! Not a very nice feeling.
So What Do We Do About It?
The stresses of daily life can overwhelm our bodies and minds.
Begin by noticing your stress accumulating during the day for whatever reason and make time to digest these stresses. Do this by spending a couple of minutes with your eyes closed, breathing into the feelings and sensations you have within your abdomen and various other parts of your body. This will help you heal and reconnect.
The simple act of slow, deep, steady breathing whilst focusing on your lower abdomen is one of the most powerful self healing practices you can do.
Consistency is key, so doing it every day and increasing the length of time, until you get up to a comfortable 20minutes, will do wonders for your physical and mental health.
It may feel uncomfortable at times to do this, as you are reconnecting to your body. Breathing into the physical sensations you experience within the abdomen can bring all kinds of feelings and memories to the surface. Toxins that get stirred up in the process may cause you to feel nauseous or experience diarrhea, but the discomfort will lessen as you push through it and you’ll feel lighter for it.
I hope this helps!
P.S. If there’s anyone in your life (friend, family, employee) who feels they want to do better with their health, please share this post. It might be the fresh perspective they need to feel better.