The Link Between Emotions and Physical Feelings
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The Link Between Emotions and Physical Feelings

People have long suspected that their emotions can make a difference to their health. Interestingly, we have known this for a long time, as is evident in the way we speak and the phrases we use. This article looks at how we use language to link emotions and health, and explains why feelings are joined via our thoughts and how we physically feel.

Have you ever regarded someone as being a pain in the neck? Or a messy place as an eyesore? Even if you have not, it is likely that you have heard the two phrases just used which refer to physical and emotional feelings being joined. An eyesore for example, is something that you feel hurts you to see. The place and how it is emotionally experienced are linked verbally and felt physically.

The reason many phrases in the English language join emotions and physical feelings together, is because emotions and physical feelings are indeed linked. What you feel about people, places and experiences emotionally affects how you feel physically. Hence, a pain in the neck may refer to someone you think is a nuisance, but you may also experience aches and pains when you are with them.

One of the main reasons how you feel emotionally affects how you feel physically is because your thoughts control your emotions, and your emotions control which brain chemicals, and how much of them, you produce. If you see a pile of rubbish in a place you regard as beautiful, your eyes may become sore. In a similar manner, if you see something wonderful that pleases you it may be regarded it as being a sight for sore eyes. Hence, the sight of what is before you helps to relieve tension in your eyes. As you like what you see, your eyes will widen so you can get a good view, and this will relax them.

When you see a pile of rubbish, as in the example above, you may think that this is dreadful. Following your negative thought, a brain chemical will be released into your system that has the ability to cause you to feel discomfort and pain.

As you can see, how you feel about experiences is directly linked to your thoughts, and this can affect you in many ways. Other phrases you may have heard which join physical and emotional feelings are as follows:

A welcome sight

Do not take a blind bit of notice

I cannot see what you are talking about

Stop giving me earache!

I can’t get my head around it

That’s below the belt!

I am weak at the knees

It’s a heartache

I am heartbroken

The idea hit me between the eyes

That rule stinks!

I cannot stand to listen to any more

Give it a rest

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