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How Pain and Our Emotions Go Hand In Hand

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We often think of the pain that we have in our bodies as nothing more than a physical function. Pain happens to everyone at some point, whether you experience an aching back every day, or you feel it as a result of some type of injury. But what we don’t often consider is that pain can go far beyond just the ‘physical’ aspect of things. In reality, pain starts from within us on a completely different level.

Think about it this way: Pain itself is really just a form of energy. It is how our body perceives that energy, and allows it to manifest that allows us to feel different discomforts that we associate with physical pain. But very often, pain can be a result of a specific emotional state we might be experiencing at any given time.

While there are some exceptions to this rule, you might be surprised to find out that by essentially ‘decoding’ the cause of your pain by determining what emotional state you are in, you can start to control it. And, when you are able to better control your pain, you will finally be able to experience less of it.

Let’s take a closer look at some common body aches and pains that many people experience, so that you can see what emotional state relates to them, and how you can take better control of those emotions to perhaps help heal your pain.

Back Pain & Hip Pain

Back pain is one of the most common forms of ache or pain. People attribute it to aging or too much strenuous activity, etc. In reality, there are plenty of emotions tied to different areas of the back that could be causing you discomfort, and it is important to get to the bottom of each possible situation that could be causing you back pain.

For example, if you experience lower back pain, it is typically a sign that you might lacking some kind of support in your life. This could be from another person, or even financially. Try stepping up to whatever you view as your support system by confronting them, or asking for a raise at work. As you feel more supported, one way or another, the pain can start to disappear. Pain in the tailbone can also be caused by essentially ‘sitting’ on an issue, instead of confronting it. Clearing the air with any unresolved issues will allow your back to ease up.

Hip pain can be excruciating, but it doesn’t always come from bad genetics, or sitting down for too many hours every day. Instead, hip pain could be a sign that you are too resistant to making an important change in your life – even one that could be extremely healthy for you! Consider your options, make a decision, and stand firm on it, and your hips will be able to relax.

Head, Shoulder, & Neck Pain

People get headaches all of the time, and we often equate it to stress – this is one of the instances where that notion is partially true. Headaches can often be caused by our inability to make decisions, which leaves us even more stressed out. Sometimes, just by taking a break to relax, and not think about those decisions can help to clear things up for you, making the choice itself easier, and allowing the headache to essentially disappear.

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘that person is a pain in the neck?’ Well, based on how you think about someone, you could be the one causing your own neck pain. Pain can manifest in the neck when we are having trouble forgiving someone (including ourselves!). This can create a lot of tension, even if we don’t think it’s on our mind all the time. Practice letting things go, don’t hold grudges, and be active in your forgiveness to reduce neck pain.

Another common phrase has to do with carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders – that’s an age-old saying for a reason; it can be true, when it comes to experiencing pain! If you have regular shoulder discomfort, you could be holding onto a heavy emotional burden. Take a look at what you are latched onto, and figure out ways to let it go, so you can get rid of that weight, and give your shoulders a break.

Pain From Fatigue

Many people believe that feeling fatigued is just an overall sense of tiredness, but so many also feel actual pain from fatigue; a sort of exhaustion that takes over the entire body and makes it ache. Chances are, this is happening from more than a lack of sleep and overall rest. Pain from fatigue can occur when we are bored with what we are doing, but are not taking active steps to move forward. We are resistant to trying new experiences, and our body works against us when we do that.

Listen to your inner voice when it comes to trying new things and taking chances. You will be surprised at how much energy will come into your life.

Making the Most of Emotions

From your feet, to your stomach, and even from your teeth to your joints, there is virtually no area of the body that isn’t directly associated to an emotional state. It’s just a matter of understanding those emotions, and how to control them that can keep the pain of any part of your body in check.

The best thing that you can do to control these common pains? Take more positive action. Be more aware of your possible emotional states, and how they could relate to the pain that you are in will allow you a real opportunity to ‘control’ everything. Take notice of what you are feeling physically, and think about how it could be connected to how you’re feeling emotionally. From there, you can make the decision on how to change the pain from the inside out, on both an emotional, and physical level.

Damien-Thomas

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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