Why do you experience physical pain? If you feel that someone or something is a “pain in the neck,” that may very well be the reason for a stiff neck. A sore shoulder could be a sign of carrying more than you can handle. Here are nine steps to take to let go and release pent-up emotions:

  1. Take time to understand what caused an emotion by examining it. A recent study from Rice University shows that when you ignore feelings of anger, sadness, grief, or frustration, it can lead to more stress on your body.
  2. Ask yourself questions and listen to the deeper message with meditation or simply being quiet. Call it “meditation with your emotions.” When you listen, the answers are there. Then you need to act. What do I really want? What am I doing for my highest good?
  3. Find balance in giving and accepting love. We all know people who constantly give, draining their body and depleting their immune system with stressful situations. If you find yourself in this situation, take time to be aware of others giving you compliments and saying loving things to you.
  4. Nurture your body with loving daily practices such as healthy eating, yoga stretches, exercise, and meditation. It is important to take time for things you love to do. That will bring more balance into your life with love, gratitude, and appreciation.
  5. Take time to be alone and happy with your own company. Learn to be independent of others. Give yourself permission to do what you set your mind to do. If you can create it in your thoughts, you can create it in your actions and accomplishments.
  6. Let go of limited thinking that there is only one way to accomplish a task. There is always more than one way! Take what you already know and move forward with it. Go around, under, or above the boulders in your life! It may not be the way you imagined. Listen and take any clues that suggest another way.
  7. Forgive yourself for all the things you thought you did wrong. Be honest about your feelings and speak out what you feel. Get it off your chest. Learn to express your emotions fully by journaling or speaking out. Feel secure and confident in who you are.
  8. Dance like no one is watching. Do you feel self-conscious about what others are thinking about you? Don’t you think maybe they have enough of their own stuff to deal with? Trust yourself and have an unyielding faith in what you do or have already accomplished.
  9. Prioritizing alone time, saying no to others, breath work, movement, religion and spirituality all are ways to work with your emotions. Your best guides are your intuition and your heart. Go to a place of stillness—a sacred place where you can connect with your higher self.

Your innate self helps make decisions and choices. With a clear intention, feel the energy or hear the message. Trust and be confident in your choices. You will benefit from honoring your emotions, trusting your intuition, and accepting the lessons you are given.