Throughout my career as a psychotherapist over the last decade, I have seen how mental health is directly linked to physical health. Stress can affect so many aspects of your physical functioning. If you experience aches and pains, you usually consult with your doctor, if anyone. However, few people consider talking to a psychotherapist to tackle the physical symptoms of stress and depression, including headaches and migraines, neck and back pain, muscle aches, hypertension, ulcers, and even sexual dysfunction. This is not to say that medical care cannot help these conditions, but stress is a major factor in these physiological issues.

Haven’t you ever noticed that when you are stressed out in life or at work, you suddenly become sick, experience digestion issues or heartburn? You find yourself rubbing your aching neck, stretching out your back, and you lack the energy to participate in your usual pastimes. When you are able to ease your stress, many of these aches, pains, and discomforts will subside!

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For specific information on how stress affects your body, check out this great article from The Globe and Mail: