5 Unexpected Ways You Hold Onto Emotional Pain


1. Tinnitus

Tinnitus, a sense of noise or ringing in your ears, is one unusual physical symptom you might notice as a result of emotional pain, Rev. Connie L. Habash, LMFT– a licensed marriage and family therapist, yoga teacher, and interfaith minister, reports. In her experience with clients, pausing and “listening” to the ringing, with openness and interest in what some deeper part of themselves may be trying to express, can be a powerful way to deal with the issue, she says. As you become aware of feelings that were completely unconscious to you before, you could gain a new perspective on your life by allowing repressed emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and needs to rise to the surface.

2. Sickness (Nausea & Dizziness)

“People don’t realise that emotional pain can cause other non-specific symptoms that are tough to diagnose and are usually associated with a lot of different conditions,” Dr. Judy Ho, PhD a triple board-certified clinical, forensic, and neuropsychologist, and author of Stop Self Sabotage, reports. Nausea and dizziness are two of these non-specific symptoms that could be due to emotional pain, but could also be due to a health problem. “Try to dig deeper and figure out if there is a negative emotion you have been avoiding dealing with,” she says. Try relaxation strategies such as deep breathing, listening to music you love, or smelling a favourite scent.

3. Fear of Commitment

A person who has undergone mental and emotional trauma may find it difficult to let go of their suffering. They protect themselves by erecting an emotional barrier which distances them from having to feel the emotions again or relive the mental anguish of the pain.

Unfortunately the mind becomes astute at creating a barrier that in time it becomes impenetrable to deal with the emotional wounds. Your commitment to healing the past by letting go of these wounds if the first step in reconciling with the past.

The commitment heralds the process of facing the past by bringing unresolved issues to the surface in order to heal them. The challenge posed with honouring this commitment arises when confronting the pain, since this can be overwhelming at first. We must take refuge that to heal the past we must be willing to push through the pain, since pain is where personal growth and healing resides.

4. Hair Breakage

When you’re going through an especially rough time and experience more stress and anxiety, you might notice more hair on your pillow or in your shower drain than usual, LaQuista Erinna, LCSW, owner of owner of THRIVE Behavioural Health & Consulting, LLC says. Hair loss could be due to a number of different health problems, and is still currently one of the leading symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress disorders.

According to Erinna, if you experience hair loss or tend to have an anxious habit of breaking/twirling/etc your own hair, it’s in your best interest to visit your primary care doctor for an evaluation to rule out any underlying medical conditions before tracing the issue back to emotional stressors.

5. Ongoing Skin Issues

According to professionals, the brain and the nervous system influence the skin’s immune cells through various chemical messengers and receptors which respond to stress. It is also worth noting that stress and anxiety can manifest physically in many different types of ways, which can impact individuals all differently. Some of the issues that can stem from it are acne, hair loss, psoriasis, hives, rosacea, and even profuse sweating.

In addition to addressing your skin problems through soothing masks or topical treatments, it is recommended that individuals make sure to set aside some time to balance their mind through meditation or reflection in order to relax and de-stress.



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