Holding on or storing extra weight in your body and mind can cause emotional problems and lead to illness and disease.
Medical advisor Eduardo Pertuz – Doctor of alternative medicine, practitioner at Coomeva Private Healthcare
People often save every bag they get from the supermarket or local store, putting them in the kitchen cabinet; or they hold on to clothes, old shoes or newspapers that they have not used in a long time in case they might need them one day. They often do not realize, however, that instead of recycling, they are actually holding onto objects that may or may not be useful in the immediate future.
The same thing can happen with others’ problems. Without knowing why, at some point in your day you might remember that a close family member is unemployed and suddenly you feel stressed. These are the problems of others that without a doubt are important, but they are not your own.
As Dr. Eduardo Pertuz explains, a doctor of alternative medicine, this often happens on a daily basis to many people: they hold on to objects and emotions that are not useful or necessary and that take up physical and mental space without realizing that these can be the root causes of a backache or recurring neck tension, for example.
“The accumulation of physical things that are not useful can lead to emotional disorders. We are constantly accumulating objects, emotions, problems other than our own, even with our cats. This turns into illness, poor digestion and fatigue,” Dr. Pertuz explains. The doctor elaborates by explaining that patients rarely realize this situation is happening and blame their illnesses on other things. In other words, they are not aware of what is happening.
How to know if you are a hoarder
Think back to how many times a day you rethink a problem you had before you left your house in the morning. Perhaps you did not think about it much, perhaps you did. “This happens to all of us,” the doctor explains “but we don’t all get over it as quickly.”
Gather all the objects that you do not use often in your daily life, but that you do not throw away. Some of the things that we most often accumulate include clothes, books, shoes, school notebooks and medical documents. When your ability to let go of objects is out of control, the habit of holding onto things becomes pathological. Alternative medicine can therefore be an option for treating these types of matters that do not always have medical solutions.
When you are not a hoarder, you hold onto things that you value. Facing yourself is key. The solutions to your problems are in the mind of every individual and in how you decide to perceive and approach your situation. “As humans, we are mind, body and spirit; understanding this is key in order for a patient to heal, we can’t just focus on what is physical,” Dr. Pertuz concludes.
Is happiness about having?
Ecuador Perutz explains that many people equate happiness with having material objects and experiencing short-lived emotions. They suggest that before buying or doing something, you should ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” Practice internal reflections that question your actions and lead you to make decisions that are good for you. These are questions whose answers can only come from within.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines hoarding as follows, “To collect a large supply of something, more than you need now, often because you think you will not be able to get it later.” It is important to question yourself and take action if you think hoarding things and keeping in your emotions takes up physical and mental spaces that make you sick.
Try to organize your belongings objectively. Prioritize their use and value to determine if it makes sense to keep them. It is important to not place emotional value on things.