How is the Relationship you Have with your Body?

The relationship you have with your body is not as obvious as you might think. This link, so evident and essential, often remains in the background, despite its importance.


The relationship you have with your body is not as obvious as you might think. This link, so evident and essential, often remains in the background, despite its importance. The body seems to be such an obvious reality for some that it does not merit any exercise of reflection or conscience. However, it is not like that.

Often, the relationship you have with your body is instrumental or functional. Instrumental when you assume it as a way to generate a certain impact on others. In this way, you “take care” to like it, or you decorate yourself to attract. It is also possible that the opposite happens: you hide from the eyes of others or you neglect because you do not have a good self-concept in this field.

“The secret to good health is for the body to shake and for the mind to rest.”

-Vincent Voiture-

The relationship you have with your body can also be only functional. You remember him when you feel pain or you get sick. While you are healthy, you forget that it is an organism in constant activity, and that everything you do, feel and think takes place biologically within it.

Laziness and obsession with the body

Some people have a distant relationship with their body. They do not explore it, they do not know it and it is also possible that they feel some contempt or apprehension towards it. In those who have this problematic bond can appear the two extremes: those who are excessively modest and attentive to their organism, and those who are basically indolent with their own body.

Those who become obsessed with their body are generally very apprehensive. They have a special insistence on the subject of cleanliness and the fear of germs. They are intolerant of the natural odors of sweat, urine or feces. They do not see them as natural smells, but as a warning signal. His modesty with the toilet, sometimes, reaches extremes. In this case, the body is a combat territory and the expression of an unresolved psychological conflict.

At the other extreme are those who make deviance their norm. A sign of mental problems is extreme carelessness with body hygiene and with the body in general. Prima not to bathe, not change, stink and not worry about this. There is something that occupies the mind so obsessively that the body goes into the background. If the relationship you have with your body is located in one of these two categories, surely you need help.

Emotions and the relationship you have with your body

Emotions are not positive or negative in themselves, but some of them cause greater disturbance in the organism. By perturbation we understand the activation of processes that alter the normal equilibrium. Those emotions are anger, sadness and anguish. And, of course, those that are combination or derivation of these: frustration, stress, intolerance, etc. All these emotions are a response to stimuli that are perceived as threatening. Of course, they are perceived as such, although not necessarily so.

In the relationship you have with your body, your emotional universe greatly influences. There is abundant literature in which it is evident that emotions help to restore the organic balance in some cases or to facilitate the appearance of mechanisms that induce the disease, in others. Science has verified that anxiety is one of the most common partners of different diseases. In particular, of infectious and autoimmune diseases.

It has also been proven that anxiety negatively influences surgical procedures. In turn, what is known as “stress” tends to alter the normal processes of recovery of the body. The secretion of hormones during episodes of stress increases the favorable conditions for the progression of some types of diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. They also depress the immune system and this helps other diseases develop.

For many people the effect of their emotions on the body goes unnoticed. They do not notice that, for example, the rhythm of their beats increases, or the breathing changes. Nor are they aware of changes in temperature, tension in certain muscles or acceleration in some processes. The relationship you have with your body goes through the question of how sensitive and aware you are of those changes that have lugar in your organism.