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sensations

 

Physical Sensations Associated with Emotions:

It can be supportive to understand that physical sensations are associated with the emotions we may be experiencing, as with trauma we may lose our sense of feelings (due to dissociation). Locating what you are feeling in your body helps to ground your emotions in your body and get a deeper connection with yourself.

 

churn

 

if your stomach churns, you have a strong nervous feeling in it because you are worriedafraid, or upset

convulse

 

if you are convulsed with a strong emotion, it makes your body move in an uncontrolled way

flutter

 

if your stomach flutters, you have an excited or nervous feeling in it

have/get/feel butterflies (in your stomach)

 

to feel very nervous or excited about something that you have to do, especially something important

inside

 

used for talking about a feeling that you have in your stomach

the pit of your stomach

 

the place in your stomach where you experience unpleasant feelings when you are worriedupset, or frightened

settle

 

if your nerves or stomach settle or are settled, they become calm again after you have felt upsetnervous, or excited

someone’s heart pounds/beats/thumps

 

used for saying that someone can feel their heart moving quickly because they are very excited or afraid

someone’s stomach churns/lurches/tightens

 

used for saying that someone suddenly has a strong feeling of fearshock, or excitement

stiffen

 

to suddenly hold your body in a stiff way, often because you become nervousworriedangry, or unfriendly

cringe

 

to move back slightly from something that is unpleasant or frightening

flinch

 

to make a sudden small movement because you are afraidsurprised, or in pain

go hot and cold

 

to suddenly become very nervousafraid, or confused about something

prickle

 

an uncomfortable feeling on your skin caused by an emotion

quail

 

to be very afraid, often so afraid that your body shakes slightly

 

quake

 

to feel so afraid that your body shakes slightly

recoil

 

to move quickly back from someone or something frightening or unpleasant

shake

 

if you shake, your body makes lots of small quick movements that you cannot controlusually because you are cold, or because you are feeling a very strong emotion

shiver

 

if you shiver, your body shakes slightly, for example because you are cold or frightened; a shaking movement that your body makes when you are coldfrightened, or excited

shudder

 

if you shudder, your body suddenly shakes, for example because you suddenly feel cold or frightened; a quick uncontrolled shaking movement

start back

 

to make a sudden nervous movement away from someone or something that has frightened you

tremble

 

if your body or part of your body trembles, it shakesusually because you are nervousafraid, or excited

tremor

 

slight shaking movement in your body or your voice that you cannot control, for example because you feel ill or frightened

your skin crawls

 

if your skin crawls, you suddenly feel uncomfortable because you are frightened or shocked or because you dislike someone very much

 

heaviness

depression, grief

 

lump in the throat

unable to say what you need to say, sadness

 

knot in the stomach

anxiety, nervousness

 

pressure

overwhelmed, in a situation you don’t want to be in

 

tingling

anticipation, nervous system changes

 

caving in

collapsing, giving up

 

 

feeling hollow

empty, bereft of emotion, alone, shock

 

shaking

fear, terror, cold

 

sweating

fear, heat, fever

 

changing respiration

changing emotion

 

aching

depends where in the body i.e. heartache, belly ache, headache – can be different emotions

 

numb

no feeling, not being present, in the freeze of trauma

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