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Recognising Emotional Stress Through Your Body. 10 Common Physical Symptoms To Watch Out For.

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

Our body never lies.

So, if you are looking for answers, the best place to find out is your body. Our subconscious body language can reveal what we are thinking and feeling. Similarly, when we are going through emotional stress, our body is the first to give us the tell-tale signs. In this blog, let us empower ourselves by being aware of what emotional stress is, what are the warning signs from our body and how we can take proactive care of our emotional wellbeing.

WHAT IS EMOTIONAL STRESS? Stress does not just come from the unstoppable voices in your head but it is amplified by how you feel. When your work and pressure pile up at work, it is not just the thought of it that stresses you. It is the emotional attack of anxiety, fear, resentment, and panic that make your tasks seem ten times more painful. While our emotionality is a natural and healthy part of our wellbeing, when we fail to recognise and allow them to flow with ease, that is where our emotions can turn unhealthy and start creating problems in our life. When we repress our negative emotions such as worry, fear, anxiety, anger, resentment, sadness and grief over long period of time, it can create further intensity to our stress level and eventually interfere with our ability to function healthily in life.

If stress management is one of your top self-care priorities right now, paying attention to the emotional aspect of it will be able to help you tremendously.

10 COMMON BODY SIGNALS WHEN YOU ARE EMOTIONALLY STRESSED Stress can sip quietly into you without you knowing, until you start feeling something is not right. The best way to detect and prevent your emotional stress before it spirals out of control, is to bring awareness to your body. If you are experiencing emotional stress, here are the ten common body signals you can watch out for:

  1. Despite long period of rest and sleep, you still feel physically drained and weak

  2. You often experience sharp or pinching pain and aches around your shoulder, neck and back area

  3. Attack of headaches or dizziness, especially when you try to think

  4. Uncontrollable grinding of teeth or clenching your jaw

  5. Tightness all over your body, lack of flexibility

  6. Having difficulty sleeping, your toes clenched when you lie down on your bed

  7. You wake up in the middle of your sleep frequently, or easily shaken by the slightest noise or light

  8. Difficulty in breathing, short breaths

  9. Loss of appetite / craving for sugar food / alcohol

  10. Tear up easily, often without any reason

If you have been experiencing one or more of these physical symptoms over several weeks now, there is a high chance that you are holding emotional stress within. Here are some other mental and emotional symptoms that can help you further validate:

  • You are becoming extra-sensitive and easily offended

  • You feel edgy and jumpy all the time. Your heartbeat races and unable to settle down

  • Uncontrollable negative thoughts of something bad is going to happen

  • Feeling self-guilt and shame for everything

  • Difficulty in making decisions, frequent change of minds

  • Feeling depressed and joyless generally about life

  • Feeling impatient and easily frustrated

  • Lost sense of humour, takes everything seriously

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH EMOTIONAL STRESS If you feel that your emotional stress is still manageable, integrate these few steps into your regular self-care regime and make restoring emotional wellness as your key intention.

Take Time To Honour Your Emotions

Acknowledge that it is okay to feel what you feel. By unconditional love and acceptance, you release the fight within to be perfect all the time.

Take A Nice Break

Work will never end, commit yourself to have some me-time in the week. Shutdown from external distractions and commitments, make time and create space for yourself.

Take Your Body For A Walk

Emotional stress creates stagnant energy in the body. Let the energy flow by going for slow walk, move your body. If you enjoy yoga, focus on healing your heart-center when you practise your yoga postures and movements.

Take Mindful Breaths

Sometimes, stress does not go away overnight, and problems remain unresolved. When you are dealing with a long-haul challenge, let mindful breathing help you get through the trench.

As you breathe in and out, repeat the mantra "one breath at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time". Allow you heart to be at ease to trust in the process. As long as you maintain your state of inner being, every outer circumstance will be resolved in due time.

Alternatively, find a therapist or healer that can guide you, hold your space and help you navigate through your emotional stress. Remember that you never have to walk alone in your healing journey. Live life, love life.

Take back control of your emotional power and start living the life that you love. Love & light to you always, Silvia


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Love & light to you always,



Don't let your emotional health stop you from living a blissful and fulfilled life.

Begin your emotional healing and empowerment today.

Silvia Siow | Emotional Healer & Coach | Certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner

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