The Brain Detox: Stop stuffing your emotions. It’s bad for your health.

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Your mind/body connection is stronger than you think. Here are some of the ways in which you purposely not feel — to not deal with what’s truly going on.

Ever wonder if you’re stuffing your emotions?

Now, I don’t mean stuffing your emotions with turkey dinner (although, yes; we’ve all been there). I mean truly having an emotional up-rising and knowingly burying it. Essentially not feeling it ….to not deal with it.

Let’s make sense of this.

Hilary Jacobs Hendel has something to say about this topic. She is a certified psychoanalyst and AEDP psychotherapist and author of “It’s Not Always Depression” (which I’m rapidly digesting on Audible at the moment!). She writes on TIME.com:

Speak about it, or lose the opportunity to off-load your stress.

Spoken by a true expert, Dr. Allan Schwartz (LCSW, Ph.D.) mentions something fundamental for dumping what is on your mind (and in your body) out into the world:

We know by now that restoring good mental health can help prevent sickness and disease.

And that the mind and body is far more connected than we originally thought. But what some people may not know is that by talking about your stresses, you actually help relieve symptoms of the stress itself.

So what to do about these pesky emotions and their lack of control in your body?

Letting yourself actually FEEL is a good start. When we stuff our emotional uprisings, we’re doing a disservice to our mind and body. It’s unhealthy to hold back your anger or pretend like your disappointment isn’t there. The same goes for celebration. For example, when we hold back being happy because our friend is having a horrible day, we are completely killing our own joy.

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