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A Closer Look At The Mind-Body Connection


Have you ever burnt your hand on a hot pan...or accidentally cut yourself while shaving?

These are fairly common incidents that many of use have likely experienced a time or two before. And, when they happen, we quickly react to the physical pain. We run our hand under cold water to relieve the burn and we address the cut by stopping the bleeding before moving on with our day.

Why is it that people are so responsive to physical pain

but sometimes hesitate to treat emotional pain?

How Emotional Distress Can Affect Health

As humans, we thrive on both physical and emotional energy in life. We find joy and happiness in our healthy relationships and our spirituality. We also pick up energy on a daily basis from love, affection, exercise, and playfulness. This type of positive energy makes us feel good.

On the other hand, negative emotional energy can be unpleasant. Emotional pain can leave you feeling irritated, sad, and overwhelmed. It can also cause you to regress or fall back on bad habits to help you cope. When untreated, emotional pain can take a toll on both your physical and mental health.

The Mind-Body Connection

Science tells us that what your mind can’t handle, your body will take on. The mind-body connection is a powerful thing. This is why it’s essential to address your unpleasant emotional pain so it doesn’t destroy both your mental and physical health. These emotions can trigger other physical illnesses and cause conditions like arthritis, health problem exacerbated by emotional distress.

Someone who is considered to be “high-functioning” might develop maladaptive traits like alcohol use, anger issues, irresponsibility, sadness, and hopelessness. People might not even realize that they’ve adapted to these traits and accepted them as part of life.

The good news is most people can move through this type of pain and get into a better space emotionally. If you’ve tried medication for your emotional stress and depression to no avail, TMS could be a great option for healing.

Call our team today at BayTMS to learn more about TMS Therapy for better mental wellness.


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