If you're mourning the loss of a loved one or you're struggling to figure out whether to end things with your partner, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about the way your pain is affecting your mind. You might be distracted at work or feel suddenly sad while shopping for groceries. But you might be surprised to learn that emotional pain can manifest physically too in a variety of surprising symptoms.
While you may be able to deal with digestive problems or skin issues with external treatments, to really address what's causing these physical symptoms, you have to cope with your emotional pain. "First and foremost, reach out for help and support," Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC, a licensed clinician and vice president of clinical outreach for Newport Academy, tells Bustle. Try spending more time with trusted loved ones, joining a support group with others who can relate to your experience, and working with a mental health professional to uncover and address root causes, she says.
Whether you've recently noticed a ringing in your ears or have been feeling sick to your stomach for no explainable reason, here are some surprising ways that your emotional state may be affecting your body.