7 Bad Habits Which Stop You from Being Happy

There are some habits people usually have that prevent them from being happy and living a more fulfilling life.

Sometimes we go through life with pretty much everything we would like to have but something feels wrong and we can’t quite figure out what it is.
We can blame it on external factors, but sometimes, and just sometimes, it’s not caused by external factors. It may be resulting from some of the bad habits we have.

Since the list of all possible bad habits is huge, let us have a look at just some of them that should be eliminated if you want to make being happy your priority.

1. Perfectionism

Striving for perfection is actually commendable in many cases. It shows that you are willing to go that extra mile to make everything be on point. It means that your work will be flawless and will have the least mistakes possible. The thing is people who don’t accept any standards short of pinpoint perfection will find being happy quite hard. It makes a person bitter if they fail to hit the targets they expected to hit and it may even affect a person themselves, leading to low self-esteem.
You need to accept that you can’t always be perfect, and some levels of perfection are even beyond human capability. Know that there is a thing called ‘Good Enough’ and reduce the pressure you pile on yourself. This gives you room to surprise yourself and even helps you to receive satisfaction from your results, which makes you happy.

2. Comparing Yourself To Others

This behavior right here is very damaging and destructive to a person. Comparing yourself to others is pretty much psychological suicide. You compare what you have or what you can do. You look at what others have achieved and forget that you also have your own achievements and strengths.
You need to cut that out and the only comparison you should make is comparing yourself to yourself. Challenge yourself. Look at where you started and see if you have made any progress. Compare current results to previous results and see where you are headed. You also need to be kinder to others and you will slowly find that you’re kind to yourself. We often treat other people the way we see ourselves. If you focus on the positive things and aspects about other people, you will definitely see the positive things about you and you will manage to appreciate yourself.

3. Overcomplicating Life

To put it simply, life can be hard, and there’s a lot that is not right in life that generally makes it complicated. That we can’t dispute. It brings about stress, anger, hurt and unhappiness. The thing, however, is this: we are the ones who create most of this confusion in our lives. We have accepted that life is complex and we have come up with our own solutions in a bid to cope and as it turns out, we make things worse for ourselves.
Since we can’t control what happens during the day, the best thing to do is to focus on, say, three very important agendas we want to address that day and let the rest of it play out as it will. This helps you to avoid splitting your focus over ten mini-agendas and ending up doing very little, not to mention being grumpy at the end of the day.
It helps a lot if you ask people questions or tell them what you feel instead of making all sorts of assumptions in your head that probably aren’t true. It helps you to create bonds with people and to avoid actual conflicts and misunderstandings.

4. Too Much Focus On The Past And The Future

There are people who focus a lot on their past failures, painful memories, fights, conflicts and so on. Others can’t stop thinking about how they want their future to be, what could possibly go wrong with their projects, their financial status, they worry about what can happen if they do not meet their targets and goals. This kind of thinking brings nothing but stress, fear and certainly will prevent you from being happy.
You need to understand that the past can’t be unwritten and that there is nothing much you can do about your future until you get there. You should learn from your past mistakes as you plan for the days to come. Also, do not dwell too much on past success. It can be as damaging as dwelling on past failure. The whole point here is to live in the moment as it will help you to be more productive in the present.

5. Dwelling On The Negative Details Of Life

If you are the kind of person who will manage to find fault, no matter how good something is, then congratulations, you are on your way to unhappiness. This behavior not only affects you but also affects those around you. It can dampen the mood for everyone around you and you will take them all down with you. I doubt they will like you much after that.
You need to understand that not everything can work out to perfection. You need to accept that things may go wrong here and there, but that’s what makes success sweet: overcoming those obstacles that came up along the way. Accept situations as they are and spare yourself the mental torture. You can also focus on being constructive. When something goes wrong, focus on finding a solution.

6. Thinking That It’s About You

There are those who always think that everything is about them and the world revolves around them. This makes them limit their lives in such way that they don’t try anything new because they fear what people will say about them. It makes them less open to trying new things and ultimately, hinders their growth too.
You need to realize that people don’t care much about what you’re doing. They also have their lives to worry about and some of them also worry about how others perceive themThe point is not to give people too much power in your mind. In fact, what you should focus on during times like these is not you but others. Listen to other people and help them solve their issues and problems. This will help you to take the focus away from yourself and release some of the pressure that had piled up on you.

7. Toxic People And Voices

If you spend your time around toxic people, it will definitely prevent you from being happy. These are people who keep complaining and live in negativity. They are the kind of people who will not encourage you. Instead, they will drag you down with them.
The first thing here is to figure out what company you should keep and what company you should avoid. Find people who will help you see the positive side of things, regardless of how bad things get. Listen to music, read books, watch movies and shows that make you laugh, do something to lighten up your mood and you will be able to see life clearly and in a new way.


Well, I promised you seven habits and here they are. Some of these habits may be news to some people, others knew that they had them but had no solutions. You probably know a person with some of these habits and you can try to help them to get through the rough patch. Whatever or whoever it is, allow nothing to stop you from being happy. Be happy and you will be productive.
source and courtesy: Life Advancer

This ONE Behavior Will Affect Your Relationship More Than Anything Else

Our earliest relationship may be the one thing that affects our future relationships more than anything else. Your bond to the most important people in your life at an early age can set you up for successful relationship patterns or make it difficult for you to have an honest, loving connection with romantic partners.
In this article, we will look at how our parental relationship style relates to our experience of romantic relationships. Some people had very negative relationships with their parents and have learned to overcome these difficulties and not let it affect their relationships. We will also look at the ways that we can overcome the past and heal from it so that it does not negatively affect our future relationships.


Your relationship with your partner is an important part of your life, and you want it to be a positive, healthy experience that helps you both to grow closer to each other. One thing that will affect your current and future relationships more than anything else is your bond with your first relationship partners; your parents.
There are healthy and unhealthy ways of connecting to your parents, and these are things that were mostly out of your control as a young child. For example, your parents may not have been ready to have children, yet they tried to raise you as best they knew how. Their efforts to give you the skills that you would need as an adult may have been good, bad, or somewhere in the middle.
Since the way that you were parented was not something you could control, your response to that early relationship is the only thing that you can control. Let’s look at the good and bad parenting styles and the healthy ways you can heal from the bad ones so that they won’t affect your future romantic partnerships.


Psychologists studying human parenting bonds say that there are three attachment styles that describe how mothers and fathers relate to their children. These are the Secure, Anxious Preoccupied, and Dismissive Avoidant attachment styles.
Secure attachment style – This is the healthiest attachment style because it means that we feel secure in our connection to our romantic partner. As children, our parents raised us to feel confident that we would not be abandoned.
Parents who form a secure attachment bond with their children had a healthy balance of time spent apart form their children, and time spent with and supporting their children, especially when they were anxious or upset.
Anxious Preoccupied Attachment Style – These relationships may be doomed to be successful because the partner feels insecure on their own. They have an unfulfilled need for emotional attachment and love that they did not receive from their parents. When their partner is away, they feel upset and abandoned.
Dismissive Avoidant Attachment Style – These relationships are not likely to be successful unless both partners have the same style. In the dismissive avoidant attachment style, there is an emotional distance where there is a lack of positive emotional connection.
Fearful Avoidant Attachment Style – This person has experienced violence or abuse with a parent and will have difficulty trusting anyone to not hurt them.


Your first significant relationship to your parent or parents can predict your future relationship outcome because it is ultimately about how you learn to love another person. Your parents set you up with an expectation of either being loved and supported, or not. You then carry this expectation to your future relationships, even if you aren’t aware of it.
Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin say that attachment style has ‘substantial associations between attachment dimensions and relationship satisfaction, nonintimate sexuality, eating disorders, and motives for drinking.’
Unlearning maladaptive relationship habits may take the help of a psychologist who can help you to see the pattern that you are repeating. However, if you already have a good understanding of your past parental relationship, you may be able to identify your own negative behavior pattern and change it on your own.
For example, a person who has had an Anxious Preoccupied parental relationship can recognize their tendency to crave emotional attention from their romantic partner. This person needs to learn self-soothing behaviors and develop their self-confidence when they feel anxious.
Researchers form the State University of New York at Stony Brook say that ‘adolescents’ negative perceptions of parental conflict was associated with insecure attachment with parents, which was in turn associated with negative marital expectations and romantic experiences.’
A person who has experienced a Dismissive Avoidant parental relationship might learn to identify emotions, acknowledge that they have both positive and negative emotions and learn healthy ways to deal with negative emotions. People who have experienced a Fearful Avoidant relationship to their parents may need to work with a licensed therapist to heal from their hurtful past.

source and courtesy: Power of Positivity

You're eating Bleached And Chemical Laden Garlic From China! Here's How To Spot It!

Believe it or not, the garlic you buy from the grocery store or is in the food you get at a restaurant is probably from China.

This is an awful thing!

According to Epoch Times, “64,876 tons of dried, fresh, or chilled garlic, were imported from China in 2014… About a third of the garlic in the United States comes from China.”
Our garlic isn’t coming from California anymore, it is being imported from China. Quality control is a big issue, but it pales in comparison to how and where this garlic is grown.
Many Chinese farmers use pesticides that are illegal to use for farming purposes in China. “An undercover magazine reporter investigating in the area found that many vegetable farmers used phorate and parathion, two pesticides banned by the government, to irrigate the crops to save time and effort.” (Epoch Times) Both phorate and parathion have been labeled HIGHLY TOXIC POISONS.
China’s pollution problem and soil is also a cause for concern. “An official government report in 2014 showed that nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic as well as unhealthy amounts of pesticides and fertilizers. Severe pollution has tainted all of China’s major rivers with large amounts of industrial chemicals and household waste.” (Epoch Times)

How to Spot Chinese Garlic

Everyone should be worried about consuming garlic from China. It just is not safe. So when buying garlic at a grocery store, look for these things:
  • If it has roots and a stem, it is safe. China will cut these off before they ship them to save weight.
  • Safe garlic is heavier and more bulbous. Imported garlic from China is lighter.
  • Garlic with a richer taste is more likely from California and not imported from China. According to Food Reference, California-grown garlic measured a 40 out of 40 in brix flavor measurement while Chinese garlic only measured 28 out of 40.
However, the best way to make sure you are eating safe garlic is to buy from local farmers or grow it yourself.
If you are interested in growing your own garlic, check out the video below:
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Read This As Soon As Possible! It Is Being Deleted From Everywhere Because It Is More Efficient Than ANY Medicine!

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It also prоtects against colds and flu and rеtrieves diseasеs that can changе our blood flоw cleanses the liver and rеduces the impаct of free radicals.

8 garlic cloves
8 units of lemon
Ginger root (4-5cm)
4 liters of Water
Method of preparation:
For a start wash and peel the ginger. Then, do the same with the garlic and chop them into small pieces. Finally, chip the lеmons with their pеel and put all the ingrediеnts in a blеnder and blend them together.
Nеxt, take a pоt and pour the wаter in it. Set it to mеdium heat and wаit for it to bоil. When the wаter stаrts to boil, remove it frоm hеat and set it аside to cоol off. At last, strаin the liquid and stоre it in a glаss jar or bottles.
Consume this drink every day at lеast 2 hours bеfore your meal. After sоme time, you will nоtice the incrеdible imprоvements! Shаre this so еveryone can see it bеfore it gets rеmoved fоrever!
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Face Lifting Massage! Secret to an Ageless Face...

Youthful, wrinkle-free skin forever – sounds like too much to ask for, right? The best case scenario involves either plastic surgeries or expensive cosmetics that will deliver somewhat questionable results. What if I told you that a much simpler and a much more natural possibility exists?

You simply need to get in the habit of practicing these moves every day to firm sagging face, jaw, neck & throat also good in toning your face and warding off crow’s feet. Slow down the onset of the first signs of aging.

Credit: Shirlene Ho
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5 Techniques to Quiet Your Mind

“Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.” – Unknown
In many ways, the uncontrolled mind resembles a five year old child wanting to run amok through the city streets, only able to sit still for a few seconds before getting the urge to jump up again. If you allow your brain to continuously run a mile a minute without ever interjecting, it will only press on with the madness until you discover that your mind has slowly become a prison.
However, you can actually free your mind, even if it seems impossible in the beginning. Humans are very adaptable creatures, and pick up on new habits throughout their lives. So, in this way, our brains become rewired because we have installed a new operating system in our minds: chaos. To create a peaceful mind, you just need to revert back to your original nature of harmony and balance. Sound difficult? Well, here are some effective techniques to help you regain control of your mind again.



In short, we have collectively created the mass disorder and confusion we observe around us on a daily basis with our thoughts. We have all allowed negative thinking to prevail for many millennia, so the physical world is merely a product of our thoughts. By simply shifting your focus to what makes you happy, or what you’re thankful for, you can start to retrain your mind to think more positively. Consequently, you will start to feel more peaceful since you no longer put so much emphasis on the negativity you perceive within yourself and elsewhere.
Remember, energy flows where attention goes – you can achieve peace by creating awareness behind your thoughts.


Pay attention to your brain at this very moment…what kinds of thoughts do you observe? Most likely, you will notice that the majority of your thoughts center around what you have to do today, or what someone said that made you angry, or even degrading thoughts about yourself. Don’t feel bad, though; with so much negativity around us, maintaining a consistent positive mindset isn’t always easy. However, you can actually counter the negative, stress-inducing thoughts with simple, peaceful words.
Anytime you feel a bout of anxiety coming on, introduce calming words into your awareness, such as: Tranquil. Calm. Peaceful. Serenity. Light. Love. Relaxing. Breeze. Beach. The last two words in the sequence describe scenery, which you can do as well if it makes you feel peaceful. Words carry a lot of meaning and power, so use them to your advantage whenever you feel stressed out.


We suggest meditation a whole lot on our website, but for good reason. When you meditate, you stop the flow of thoughts bombarding your consciousness every second, and instead move into a space where stillness takes precedence. While you don’t have to turn off your brain to meditate, many people feel that their thoughts slow down incredibly, and they can observe themselves much easier with controlled breaths and closed eyes. Meditation simply brings awareness into the body, and makes it much easier to cope with daily challenges.
If you want to cultivate more peace in your mind and life, start meditating, or sitting quietly focusing on nothing but your breath for at least ten minutes a day on a daily basis. You will find that adopting a more peaceful mindset becomes much more attainable.


Forget about the errands you have to run tomorrow after work, or the bills you have to pay next week, or the uncertainty of your future that you haven’t even gotten to yet. When you let thoughts like these ruminate, it can cause great dis-ease within the body, and even lead to anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and other serious problems. Most anxiety is caused by simply living in a time other than the one we have right now, so bring yourself back to the present whenever you feel your thoughts taking you elsewhere.
By allowing yourself to flow from one moment to the next, just as you did as a child, you will recapture what it means to feel true peace.


This could mean going on your lunch break in a nearby park, or going on a vacation to get away from the stress of daily life. Anything you can do to strengthen your bond with nature will greatly benefit your mind, and help you remember that we create most stress we feel in our mind and body. We originated in a place of pure harmony, and most of what we see around us is just a very persistent illusion. Remember that nature doesn’t struggle through life, and you don’t have to, either. Don’t get too caught up with the trivial matters of the material world, because you won’t find peace in numbers or possessions.
Truthfully, peace resides within your heart already, but Mother Earth can help you remember this by providing solace from the strains of modern society.
“There’s no Wi-Fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.” – Unknown
source and courtesy:  powerofpositivity.com

How To Exit The Matrix In 6 Simple Steps

The virtual reality introduced in the Matrix films is generated by a computer, and the people live in this artificially created reality.
If you spend some time and pay attention to the reality of your everyday life, you will find a stunning discovery.
Because our everyday reality shows a great deal of resemblance to movie’s virtual reality.
Our virtual reality may not be generated by a computer, but by our mind, our constantly flowing thoughts and emotions. And so we are living in the imprisonment of our thoughts and feelings’ matrix. Let’s see what features this matrix has and how to get rid of them.

Step 1: The World of Permanent Change

We chase our desires and unfulfilled dreams. We are attracted by money, power, prestige, a wholesome, happy life. All this lies there hidden behind the powerful iron gate that is towering in front of us. Spurred by our ambitions, we pursue various goals all through our lives. We aspire for something all the time, we always want to achieve something. This restless rush is instigated by our fear that we are still not what we want to be. We are never satisfied, we always want something else, we would like to be better, more beautiful, richer than we are at present.
That is how we pursue our goals until death, when we realize how meaningless the whole thing has been. But why are these goals meaningless, we begin to protest immediately. The protest is caused by the vary nature of the forms and shapes, as in their world every form and shape is subject to permanent change, birth and death. Whatever we attract to us, we are going to lose it, as everybody departs from this world empty-handed, all those who pursue their goals, live in the spell of past and future.

Step 2: The Spiritual Seeking

We, however, wish to find the security of permanence in our life. We would like to find what is beyond the world of constant change. In order to do so, we become spiritual seekers.
As a first step of spiritual seeking we start to look for enlightenment, Self-recognition in the world of shapes and forms (that is, outside ourselves) in the hope of thus reaching the state of permanent happiness. We intend to find a dogma, a great Master, an elevating spiritual experience that expands our Consciousness. If it is not found here on Earth, we will be looking for it in the other world, in the heaven of a religion.
We use the mind as a mean of spiritual search. It is through the mind that the Ego intends to understand what is beyond mind and forms. The mind in this way prepares the mental image of enlightenment, seeking, happiness etc.
The mental images are born through the comprehensive process of the mind. For comprehension, we also require information, so we shall gather bits of information like a busy ant. From books on religion and spirituality, lectures heard and conversations attended, we are attempting to screen information, ideas, opinions and experience necessary for them. The same takes place with spiritual experience. We assume that if we gather a sufficient amount of experience, as a result we will reach a certain point, we will increase their spirituality.
These mental images motivate us to make efforts at implementing the mental images at the level of daily life, to make these images the cornerstones of our life. Achieving spiritual objectives, however, affords only momentary satisfaction for us, so after achieving one specific goal, relentlessness returns, urging us to start working for new objectives. The mind produces new mental images, and seeking starts all over again.

Step 3: The Stop

We then go on seeking, until we eventually become tired of the process, and finally recognize its true nature.We stop and abandon spiritual seeking. We recognize that all the objectives we have so far been looking for outside ourselves, are only found within ourselves.
We will stop when we recognize the activities of the mind and refuse to follow it any longer. We realize that with the help of the mind we will not be able to surpass the mind. We will experience that stopping is the inactive moment of the mind, the silence between thoughts. In that silence, we will experience the Consciousness without forms, and recognize that we are in fact the Presence without thoughts. We then leave behind the spiritual seeker, with all the accumulated knowledge and lofty spiritual experience.

Step 4: The Inner Journey

This is the beginning of an inner journey which takes us out from the matrix, beyond the mind. Once we have started our journey, we leave the world behind and abandon everything that has hampered us in our progress. We give up unimportant things in order to be able to concentrate our attention exclusively on the important ones. That is possible by means of a major mental clean-up.
When  we begin doing that clean-up in earnest, we will soon face the vast multitude of our thoughts, opinions, ideas and the emotions attached to all these. After a period of time, we realize that we need to abandon all the unimportant things and trivialities, since these things will be found false in the light of our inner journey. Then we find ourselves all alone, and realize, that we still have not finished. We are still to shed the shadow that we believed to be ourself.

Step 5: The Awakening: Coming Home

The awaking is the awakening of the Consciousness to its own existence through the form and shape that we formerly identified with ourselves. After the great clean up nothing remains but the empty space.
But if we examine that space closer, we find that it is full of Consciousness, which is the inner peace, quiet and tranquility. We then realize that we are at home. Whatever now happens in that internal space, we must experience that. We must experience whatever life has to offer, there and then in that specific moment. The next moment does not need to bear the burden of the experience of the previous moment.
The question then arises: have we already got rid of the matrix? The emptiness is perfect, but we still must take the last step in order to be completely free.

Step 6: Comeback

That step will take us to the point where our entire journey began. We return to the Matrix, to the world of daily life. We, however, return in a state different from the one in which we departed, since we have undergone considerable changes during our journey. The Mind, the Ego and, together with it, selfishness vanished from ourselves. The emptiness, pulsating with life, and the Consciousness, awakened to its own existence, continue to stay with us.
In this way the world will be entirely different for us. We no longer feel en urge to run away from it, and we do not submerge in the swamp of identifying with the world. We are now free from all that, and the world is now a new adventure for us. We abandon ourselves into the streams of Life, and we merge with the Universe. In the meanwhile, we help others in awakening and we share the joy of existence and sympathy with everyone we encounter during our spiritual journey.

7 Signs You’ve Met Someone From A Past Life

Have you ever met someone who you had an instant connection with, and you just intuitively felt that you had met them somewhere, somehow, before? 
If you’ve experienced this feeling before, then you have likely met someone from a past life who you have run into once again on your current journey.
You might not immediately think “Hey, I knew them from a past life” when you meet them, but you just know that their soul and yours have crossed paths at some point in time before. You might not have even believed in reincarnation or past lives before this experience, but something so powerful and intense can easily open your mind to other possibilities.
Meeting someone from a past life usually feels amazing, but sometimes, bad memories or feelings could come up due to your past relationship together. Just be mindful of how you feel, and trust your intuition. Not all relationships last forever, and some of them teach us painful lessons. However, if you’ve met someone in a past life, it likely means you have unfinished business with them here on Earth.



You finally feel as though someone understands you. You don’t feel judged or uncomfortable in their presence, and it feels like looking into their eyes is like looking into your own. You feel one and the same with them, like you have connected with someone who knows your soul to the core.
Meeting them feels like coming home, and you could talk with them for hours on end. Contrarily, you could sit in silence for a long time and not feel awkward, like you have to fill the empty space. You can be totally yourself, and they just get you. The relationship with them feels easy, not strained or forced.


The person you meet draws up a wellspring of emotions within you. You can’t place it exactly, but something about the encounter felt incredibly powerful and life-changing. You feel you haven’t seem them in ages, and have suddenly crossed paths in such a surprising way. You probably didn’t even know the person lived in your area, or maybe you met on travels to a foreign place.
Whatever way you meet them, you know it’s more than just a coincidence. You might cry, laugh, or fall into a warm embrace when you see them, because you just can’t hold back your emotions. This person means a lot to you in your heart, so seeing them again for the first time in months or years will inevitably stir up some powerful feelings.


You don’t know how or why, but you both share memories of past lives together. You might recall living in the same place, having the same occupation, or crossing paths along travels in a foreign country. You just intuitively know and remember these things, and the memories have carried over into all the lives you have shared with this person.


Even if you don’t say it, this person can read your mind. They know your thoughts and emotions without you having to explain, which makes having a relationship with this person feel easy, for once. Nothing feels strained, and you can read them just as easily as they can you. You both have a telepathic connection, and cherish it greatly.


You sort of forget about reality around them – time doesn’t mean anything when you have them at your side. Upon meeting them again, you two might spontaneously decide to catch up, and before you know it, five hours have passed. You feel so in tune and engaged with them that you easily lose track of time, space, and all of reality.


Even if you didn’t know it at the time, you and this person have probably communicated before. You may have gotten powerful messages before that seemed to enter your consciousness out of the blue – this could have been someone trying to contact you telepathically. Maybe you see the same numbers on the clock day after day, which also means the universe needs to deliver you a message. Signs appear when you least expect them, and could point to a past life connection with someone special.


You may have felt misunderstood and alone for the majority of your life, but meeting them erases all of those painful memories. You have an unbreakable bond with them that feels more powerful than anything you’ve felt before, and you can talk and be with them effortlessly.
Psychic Michele Knight says about past life connections: “We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve met someone new but have this immediate and deep connection – sometimes to the point of being able to anticipate what they are going to say next – or feeling as if they’ve been in our life forever. Often this can mean they have been in a spiritual sense as this kind of ‘instant karma’ we feel with certain people is exactly that. A karmic, past life connection and the level of comfort and feeling we already ‘know’ someone is merely our shared history catching up with us and playing out in this lifetime.”

source and courtesy: Power of Positivity

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10 Types of Pain That Are Directly Linked To Your Emotions

“Psychosomatic means mind (psyche) and body (soma). A psychosomatic disorder is a disease which involves both mind and body. Some physical diseases are thought to be particularly prone to be made worse by mental factors such as stress and anxiety.”
– patient.info
(A quick note before we begin: it is extremely important that any severe physical symptoms must be attended to by a licensed medical professional, such as a physician.)
If there is a mental aspect to virtually every type of disease, isn’t it then rational to assume there is a mental aspect to virtually every type of physical pain? The simple truth is that mental states affect physical states and vice-versa.
Traditional medicine has labeled this the psychosomatic effect. Interestingly, the specialty of psychosomatic medicine is the latest sub-specialty in psychiatry to become board-certified. Board-certified physicians comprise the “best of the best” in 24 different medical specializations (e.g. neurology, dermatology, psychiatry, etc.) As important, these medical specialties are universally recognized by the medical and scientific communities as vital to public health.
Indeed, pain can be caused by emotional and mental states. In science, it has been demonstrated that both mental/emotional and physical pain activates the same areas of the brain: the anterior insula and the anterior cingulate cortex. So – a physiological connection between brain and body exists as well.
Here we are going to discuss 10 different types of pain that are directly linked to feelings, emotions and thoughts. Equipped with this knowledge, one can begin to make whatever adjustments necessary to feel better (we’ll also provide some recommendations).



Areas of the back and shoulders are arguably where we feel muscle tension the most. Chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical professionals have been explaining the stress/anxiety connection between back pain and mental/emotional health for years.
Making matters worse, this type of pain is cyclical. We begin to stress and worry about back pain, which tenses back the muscles; the muscles tense, and then we begin to feel things like frustration and anger.


Dr. Christina Peterson, a board-certified physician, writes: “Stress comes in many varieties, including time stress, emotional stress, and the stress of physical fatigue…and (these) emotions pack a wallop for the migraine sufferer.” Furthermore, emotions like anger, anxiety, crying/sadness and depression trigger headache pains.
The good doctors recommend practicing relaxation techniques, meditation, and to seek the help of a counselor in the event that this pain doesn’t subside.


The buildup of emotions; more specifically, negative emotions, can affect virtually every area of the body. Neck pain, according to Calm Clinic, is one of the most common complaints of people suffering from anxiety-related disorders.
It’s nearly impossible to explain every one of the multitude of ways that anxiety can manifest. Financial problems/worries, relationship problems, sadness, fatigue, etc.


Many kinesiologists believe that our shoulders are the area of the body most prone to feeling the adverse effects from pressure. Ever wonder where the axiom “Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders” comes from?
Us too. But it turns out there is a whole lot of truth to it.


Our poor stomach is where we house most of our worries, fears, and anxieties. Experiencing these emotions repeatedly, without surprise, can cause stomach aches and pains. In fact, as it turns out, chronic stress can develop into stomach ulcers.


Dr. Alan Fogel, in a piece published by Psychology Today, writes, “All emotions have a motor component.” The elbow is no different. While medical conditions such as arthritis and others may be the reason for pain or stiffness; mental states such as anxiety and depression can also manifest in strange areas…including the elbows.


Similar to the elbows, pain in the hands can arise from legitimate medical conditions. Some even say that hand pain may result from feelings of isolation or confinement. As Dr. Fogel said, every one of our emotions manifests into a physical symptom…so, anything is possible, right?


Aside from a documental medical condition, some type of emotional trigger is almost assuredly the cause of hip pain. The human body has more nerve connections in the hip than we would think; so distress can manifest into physical pain in this area as well.


The rationale given for knee pain experienced from emotions is pretty much the same as that given for hip pain. Of course, there are many nerve endings in the knee; hence, more of a brain/body connection. As such, it is perhaps more likely that emotional triggers such as anxiety, fear, depression, etc. will manifest into knee pain than other, less sensitive areas, such as the hip.


Here’s what one podiatrist says about the relationship between mental/emotional states and foot pain: “Stressed people present with a wide range of biomechanical issues. I am not trying to be a guru…but I am convinced there is an anecdotal connection between lower limb and foot presentation and their emotional status.”
Experts at Columbia University admit that “there’s some evidence that there are psychological conditions that may be associated with physical symptoms,” and that treating the real cause of the pain may be the answer.
After investigating the physical pain or stress, it’s worthwhile to do the same with any emotional state(s). What are you feeling?
Relaxation techniques (e.g. progressive muscle relaxation), controlled breathing, meditation, guided imagery, and many other techniques and practices exist to help people who are experiencing both physical and/or emotional pain.
source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

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