Do you suffer from chronic pain? Do you have any health problems that you can’t find a solution for? Have you ever thought that psychological reasons may lie behind them?
According to Parks, most chronic pain and unresolved health problems are caused by stress and anxiety. Many people with these problems are unaware of their anxiety; have incomplete knowledge and skills in detecting, naming and identifying emotions. The good news is that these skills can be acquired. If you have these problems, give yourself a short assessment. You can share your results with us.
Do you have trouble naming your feelings?
If you do not think about how you feel in certain situations during the day and cannot describe your feelings when you think about it, you may be faced with “alexithymia”.
Did your chronic pain or health problems begin after a stressful life event?
Imagine a time when your back hurts and you start to feel nauseous. Did all of this start with stressful life events and changes that you could not control? (Loss of job, pandemic, separation, etc.) Consider that a lack of control causes anxiety.
Do you share your emotional ups and downs with others?
Do you only talk about politics, football, work, recipes with your friends? If you are building your friendships based on superficial activities and getting together, you may not be going deep into what you feel.
Do you know what you need?
You worry when we cannot meet your basic needs such as bonding, competence, autonomy. If you are not aware of these needs, you may not realize the difficulties you experience when they are not met.
Are your coping methods healthy?
Do you use alcohol or cigarettes to sleep, feel better or relieve your pain? Maybe you think that it is good for you to stand in front of the TV more and spend a long time in front of the computer. Reconsider these thoughts and coping methods.
Do you have unexplained pain problems?
Life challenges and unmet needs as well as unexpressed feelings can cause chronic pain. If your emotional alert system, which perceives the challenges of daily life, is turned off, your brain may generate physical pain to warn you that something is wrong and get your attention.
If you are experiencing these and similar problems, you may need to seek professional help.