Understanding how our emotional health impacts our physical selves was something that I really wanted to grasp when I was going through the breast cancer journey. Being a massage therapist, I knew the two were inter-related and important.
Repressed Emotions Can Be Detrimental
One of my favorite authors, Dr Bernie Siegel, was a wonderful source of information to me and helped me understand how our emotional health impacts our physical health.
In his book Love Medicine & Miracles, Dr Siegel shared the importance of expressing your emotions when cancer is diagnosed. He said that feelings of anger and rage are usually well founded and must not be repressed. Dr Siegel stated “Unexpressed feelings depress your immune response.” He went on to say that the people who show and express how they feel “survive adversity better than those who are emotionally constricted.”
Dr Siegel discussed a 1979 study by Leonard Derogatis and Martin Abeloff, John Hopkins Medical School, who studied 35 women with breast cancer and found that those who lived longer were much more expressive in their anger, fear, guilt and depression as compared to those women who suppressed their emotions.
This illustrates how much repressed emotions are injurious not only for your mental health but also your physical health. Emotional honesty not only improves your health, but also helps you to receive better quality of care from your family and your health care providers.
5 Ways To Release Pent-Up Emotions
- Seek help from a qualified counselor – a psychotherapist can assist you to offload all of that toxic rubbish you’ve been carrying around in your brain for so long.
- Go stand on a mountain top – or some other secluded place – and have a word with your Maker. Pour out your heart. Rest assured that your words will be heard.
- Find an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner – I used this myself when going through breast cancer and it helped alleviate stress and anxiety to a huge degree. Dr Mercola has an informative video on his site about this technique.
- Try meditation. It is an inward journey that will help you to come to know yourself much better and helps to alleviate so much of the anxiety and fear surrounding a cancer diagnosis.
- Bodywork such as deep tissue massage and aromatherapy can help you release emotions that have been residing within you.
This is so worth doing – emotional toxicity causes so much disruption in our lives such as depression, insomnia, physical pain, and yes, cancer. Seek some help, give yourself the best chance to heal.
I send my love to everyone taking this journey right now. If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com) and I’ll do my utmost to keep you informed and empowered on your healing journey… and beyond.