• Nisha Jackson, PhD

Emotional Baggage Causes Fatigue in Brilliant Women

We all carry emotional baggage to varying degrees—painful childhood memories, grief over the loss of a loved one, the devastation of a marriage or relationship breakup, rejection, betrayal, hardship, failure, shame, longing, guilt, loss of self-esteem, or sorrow. Or even all of the above.

It’s easier for most of us to give in to the assumption that we can move quickly beyond the emotions of anger, resentment, guilt, grief, or negativity to avoid pain and request medication to numb us, so we don’t have to feel or face it. The reality is that the actual incident or emotional trauma is not the worst thing; the worst thing is not working through it. So it lingers, affecting nearly every aspect of our emotional and physical health for years to come. Trust me: Burying it never works.

What does this have to do with fatigue? It turns out, quite a lot. It takes more effort and energy to keep pain in your body than it does to confront it and release it. The stress of shutting out emotions takes its toll on us physically, and the longer we live with low energy caused by unresolved or unmanaged emotions, the more it begins to feel normal. Fortunately, most women at some point will realize they don’t feel well and want to find a way to get help.

Powerful emotions, such as pain, fear, grief, disappointment, panic, anxiety, anger, and longing, can shock your body, creating inflammation along your neural pathways. This disrupts your body’s natural energy flow and leads to fatigue and pain. Condensed molecules from the breath exhaled during verbal expressions of anger, hatred, and jealousy contain toxins that get stored in your body over time, creating a huge toxic mess.

Suppressing emotions also uses up a lot of energy that should be used for vital functions. Negative emotions can tax your spleen, liver, and adrenal glands and use up nutrients the body needs to sustain itself. The result is fatigue, autoimmune disorders, and a loss of zest for life. Energy has to move. If an emotion isn’t expressed, then it will be suppressed internally, feeding off your energy like a parasite.


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*this degree is from an unaccredited college and is not approved for use in Oregon