I believe that avoiding my emotions led me to develop a digestive disorder. Disease is exactly as it sounds—living without ease. We often do not bridge the gap between physical and emotional pain, yet the ways in which we feel can affect our physical well-being.
To me, emotions are simply energy in motion. We feel them, and once we feel them fully, they are released from our bodies. If we choose to avoid processing our emotions, they remain trapped in our bodies. This stagnant energy will then grow until it becomes a physical manifestation of our emotional turmoil. This is exactly what happened to me, and eventually, my ignored emotions turned into a serious digestive disorder.
When I developed an autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis, I quickly jumped into healing my physical body. I spent over six years targeting the physical symptoms with no avail. At my lowest point, I was on three medications and avoiding gluten, fiber, dairy, onion, garlic, and other inflammatory food items, while still struggling to manage the pain. What I didn’t realize was how my emotions played a key role in my body’s own natural attack of my own body. When I began targeting my mental and emotional wellbeing in conjunction with physical treatment, it took only six months of dedicated awareness to relieve my body from its pain.
I was living without ease—that’s exactly why my body reacted the way it did. I was emotionally disconnected from my body and I was not willing to listen to the signs my body was sending me. What can you do right now? Become willing to listen, and see what is really going on deeper than the external pain.
We oftentimes do not acknowledge the way our emotional and physical well-being connect. The truth is, you have the power to prevent or allow disease to overcome your body and your life. I now live free from ulcerative colitis, to share the knowledge I have learned in my programs for digestive wellness and body image.
Learn more about Katherine Riley, and her work with gut health and emotional wellbeing, here.