Where are emotions felt in the body?

From butterflies and tingling to stomach ache and tension, our emotions have an effect on our body. So when we feel an emotion, there is a ripple effect in our body. Whether we like it or not.

There is a real connection between our emotions and physical sensations in the body

Have you ever been talking with someone and they say something that totally throws you?

And then you feel what you are feeling deeply and start feeling nauseous / tense / sweaty / anything else?

Or have you ever got some really great news and then you feel what you are feeling deeply and start feeling tingly / energised / anything else?

That's your body following the cue from your emotions in real-time.

Here are some of the ways our emotions can affect our body physically in the moment:

>Sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach

>Sinking feeling in the chest


>Lump in the throat

>Tightness in the throat


>Heart beating fast


>Stomach ache

>Tension in neck and shoulders


>Clammy palms

>Shallow breathing

>Deep breathing


>Nervous twitching


>Burst of energy


>Clenched jaw


>Shaky voice


(There are many more examples. Can you think of any others?)

What physical sensations, if any, have you experienced in the past? What emotions do you think they might match up with?

This is an exploratory exercise based on non-judgemental observation, so stay curious, kind and compassionate. There are no right or wrong answers.


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