7 things which happen when you suppress your emotions

7 things which happen when you suppress your emotions

Emotions are extremely powerful energies and suppressing them has extreme negative consequences for you.

Emotions are an extremely important part of what makes us humans and emotions are actually powerful energy sources which can have real consequences for us. Emotions, when channeled well could propel you and drive you towards a more stable personality but can hurt you if suppressed.

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Suppressed emotions could be understood as suppressed energies which keep building inside you like a balloon and they inflate as you keep suppressing more. Eventually, it would burst when you reach a breaking point and the effects could be disastrous. The following, therefore, are some of the things which happen when you suppress your emotions instead of expressing them.

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#1 Elevated blood pressure

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What happens when you are extremely angry but you have to control it because you can't express it in a social situation? What happens when you feel frustrated and annoyed at someone but cannot yell at them or show your displeasure at them? Your heart rate increases, doesn't it?

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When we suppress our emotions, especially the negative ones, we spend a lot of energy in doing so. While we do so, our heart starts beating faster in order to supply that energy and our blood pressure increases drastically, which is definitely not safe for the body.

#2 Weaker immune system

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A happy body is a healthy body because it does not spend a lot of energy on fighting negative emotions and hence can replenish its immune system. Stress, on the other hand, poses a great threat to the immune system and makes one susceptible to diseases.

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Suppressed emotions lead to your body being under a lot of stress and it adds additional pressure on your immune system. Needless to say, the immune system starts weakening as you keep suppressing your emotions and adding more stress. 

#3 Sleep disorders

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We sleep peacefully when we feel content and happy. Our sleep routine does not get influenced by our regular lives. But you can observe that you sleep poorly when you are depressed, sad, or feeling the blues. Negative emotions do tend to hamper your sleep routine.

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Regularly suppressing your emotion builds up a lot of pressure and the negativity keeps ballooning up. The result is that your sleep routine gets distorted and you start feeling the fatigue. A prolonged period of the same eventually leads to the development of sleep disorders which further aggravate your poor health conditions.

#4 Memory loss

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Increased cognitive load and the pressure of coping with a lot of stimuli usually leads to one or the other adverse effect on the brain. The stress and strains of the negative emotions start playing on your mind causing disruptive changes.

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When you keep suppressing your emotions, you waste a lot of time and energy. This added pressure of pushing the emotions down eventually takes a toll on your mind and memory loss becomes one of the first signs of the health issue, thus created.

#5 Susceptibility to drug use

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When you are happy and expressive and have been talking to your friends and your family, you hardly feel the need to have any form of intoxicant. A happy mind usually does not indulge in any form of drug abuse. People don't drink and do drugs when they have an outlet to express their thoughts.

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But when you keep suppressing your emotions, intoxicants become an excuse for you to deal with all the mental pressure. They tend to numb your brain and you feel better even when your actual problems remain unsolved. Suppressing your emotions, therefore, makes you more susceptible to drug use, over time.

#6 Social withdrawal

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As a person tries to keep more and more emotion packed in, they stop being more expressive and they tend to spend more time by themselves. Suppressing your emotions also means that even the slightest provocation could trigger a bout of rage and you can go off the handle.

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In order to avoid such a situation, you would move away from a lot of social interactions. You would start needing more and more time to deal with your own unresolved issues. Social withdrawal, therefore, takes place at a time when you should actually be more socially involved and expressive in order to let your emotions leave.

#7 Physical signs

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When you start suppressing your emotions you would start observing the physical effects it has on your body. Your entire body would feel bound up, you would feel somewhat choked up, your shoulders would show tension that has been building in your mind.

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Further, your digestive system would start functioning poorly. Your teeth would usually be grinding and untimely wrinkles may start appearing at the edge of your eyes and on your forehead. It may actually lead to you displaying a fatigued appearance and a general reduction in your attractiveness.

Disclaimer: The article is not meant to give any medical advice and if you are undergoing emotional stress or suffering from anxiety, you may need to consult a medical professional for advice.

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