Listen to Your Body to Combat Stress

Listen to Your Body to Combat Stress

We live in a fast paced society.  There usually isn’t enough time to do all of the things we need to do, let alone what we want to do as professional women.  There are various responsibilities such as career, relationships, children etc.  Sounds overwhelming doesn’t it? Well it doesn’t have to be.  I will be writing about many ways to manage stress, but to begin with, it is important to recognize when you are stressed. One way to do this is by listening to your body. When a woman allows her mind and body to work as a team, she will automatically be living a spiritual life with less stress.

There is a clear connection between somatic symptoms and stress, and emotional problems are associated with specific parts of the body.  For instance anger is often the primary emotion associated with sinus problems.  Another example of this is a young man with combat PTSD who developed kidney stones about six months into treatment. He had not yet fully processed shame he was experiencing. The kidneys are associated with fear of letting go and shame. He was too far along in the physical process and had to pass the stones, but this is a profound example of the relationship between our thoughts, emotions and the body.

It is important to learn to relax to be able to connect to your body, because the body doesn’t lie. Whenever we are too much in our heads, we distort things, and ignoring body signals for too long, even decades for some people, will cause severe illnesses to get our attention. So listen to your body signals before they turn into something chronic.  Ask yourself when you notice a stomach ache, headache or some other bodily cue what you are feeling emotionally, and what just happened to trigger it.  This awareness is the first step to being in tune and sets you up for a more relaxed and productive lifestyle.


Dr. Umfer is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in Tampa Florida. She specializes in weight loss and forensic evaluations, such as sex offender risk assessments, psychological evaluations for substance abuse, competency, fitness for duty, immigration etc. She has certifications in fitness and nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy and as a meditation instructor. She identifies herself as a Forensic Evaluator and Weight Liberator and strives to help clients become "Umferized" aka empowered and fulfilled.

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