Be Happy By Stopping Mental Anesthesia
There are regular warnings about self-medication. Indeed, our society tolerates less and less discomfort and it is unfortunately often to the medical field that we turn. A little cold, a pill. A headache, a pill. A period of stress at work, yet another pill. This article discusses the topic of concealing physical but especially mental symptoms, the harmful consequences that this can have on your health and how to remedy them.
The risks of concealing symptoms
The main danger of not being able to tolerate physical or mental discomfort is trying to eliminate it, because we treat the symptom, not the problem. However, as soon as the pain disappears, we think we are healed and act accordingly. This is how the risks of worsening the problem arise. For example, a person suffering from ankle pain after an injury may make it worse by taking painkillers that will prevent them from feeling the movements they can make and those they should still avoid.
Same story for “psychological pain”. A person who seeks to avoid his fear, stress or anxiety as soon as it arises will deprive himself of the information that these normal reactions provide him. Emotions are indeed excellent sources of information about the world around us. By seeking to detach ourselves from it to avoid a small moment of discomfort, through distraction for example, we cut ourselves off from crucial information that can help us guide our choices in our best interest. As a result, as soon as our body or mind sends us warning signals, we no longer know how to interpret them and we no longer react to them correctly. So how do we reconcile with our informants?
Mindfulness as an antidote to mental anesthesia
Mindfulness meditation is an excellent way to learn how to detect the different sensations in your body as well as the thoughts and emotions that come to your mind. The purpose of this practice is not only to become aware of these signals but also to welcome and accept them as normal reactions of the human body that don’t need to be judged.
To practice it, there’s nothing too hard to do. Many videos or mindfulness applications will guide you in your practice. You can also simply start by doing 5 minutes of mindful belly breathing. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth, focusing on the movements of your belly as it swells and deflates like a balloon. Every time thoughts come to your mind, notice them without judging them and turn your attention back to the movements of your stomach. Once you are familiar with this exercise, you can focus your attention on what is around you, trying to record all the sounds you hear. You can also focus on your body sensations. The purpose of mindfulness is to train your concentration to remain focused on a given stimulus while being able to accommodate “disruptive” elements such as unpleasant body sensations, thoughts, emotions, etc.
Another excellent way to connect intensely to your physical and psychological experiences is to use hypnosis (or self-hypnosis). To do this, consult a specialist (you can have an appointment with me directly here) so that you can be guided through your experience and learn how to reproduce it properly once you get home.
By training yourself to detect and accept your body sensations and mental events without judging them, you will learn to live with them and understand that they do not represent threats but that they actually provide you with valuable information. You will notice that physical pain may indicate that you need to take care of yourself, that greater fatigue or stress may advise you to take a few days off work or that a strong impatience or excitement may indicate a strong desire to embark on a new project. So learn to work with your body and mind rather than trying to silence it by cutting yourself off from these alarm signals.