A nervous tic is sudden and involuntary muscle contractions in any part of the body. For example, a foot or hand may jerk, but more often tics affect facial muscles: around the eyes, lips, and eyebrows. Most people are familiar with this phenomenon, either practically or theoretically, but few know that the cause can be not only temporary shock but also chronic psychological problems.
Nervous Tic and Its Psychosomatics
Eyes – symbol of perception and self-perception. Eye diseases are the body’s response to a person’s unwillingness to see someone or something. This arises from the pain or discomfort of perceiving certain visual information.
Psychosomatic aspects of a nervous tic:
- Acute or chronic stress
It’s important to differentiate the psychosomatic meaning of the right and left sides:
- The right eye is responsible for viewing the world and symbolizes the masculine principle.
- The left eye is responsible for self-perception and symbolizes the feminine principle.
This distinction makes sense: the mother is the first guide to the child’s inner world, the father to the external world. If only one eye twitches, for example, the left one, pay attention to the nature of the relationship with the mother and with oneself. If the right eyelid twitches, focus on the relationship with the father and the external world.
Symptoms of a stress-induced tic:
- Loss of appetite
- Reduced work performance
The contractions themselves interfere with concentration and cause even more irritation.
Three Groups of Nervous Tics
Officially, there are two types of nervous tics: primary and secondary. Primary tics are caused by psychological exhaustion, emotional shock, often occurring in children aged 5-7 years. They last from a few weeks to several years and pass independently. Secondary nervous tic develops against the backdrop of pathological changes in the brain and disorders in the nervous system.
From a psychosomatic perspective, three types of nervous tics can be identified:
- Facial or mimic (face, mouth, head)
- Vocal (trembling of the voice, pitch jumps, involuntary sounds or words, etc.)
- Upper and lower limbs (twitching of the legs or arms)
Facial tics are most common: blinking, wrinkling the nose or forehead, squinting, lip movements, lower eyelid twitch, upper eyelid twitch.
Causes of Nervous Tic
The main cause of a tic is nervous and emotional exhaustion, influenced by factors such as:
- Disrupted work and rest regime
- Physical or mental exhaustion
- Frequent flights or relocations
- Changes in the place of study, work, or other life changes
- Frequent stresses
- Fears and phobias
Other causes of nervous tic besides psychophysiological exhaustion:
- Prolonged computer work
- Eye diseases
- Harsh working conditions (e.g., train drivers who must strain their eyes)
- Harmful habits and consumption of products overloading the nervous system
- Vitamin deficiency
- Weakened overall immunity
- Past infections, injuries, diseases
- Incorrectly chosen glasses or contact lenses
Eye twitching can also be a consequence of cervical osteochondrosis and increased intracranial pressure.
Important! From a psychosomatic perspective, nervous eyelid movement is associated with fear, resentment, unwillingness to accept the situation, a desire to escape from reality into a world of illusions. Remember how we close our eyes in fear. This is what your subconscious is trying to do.
Opinion of Liz Burbo
According to Liz Burbo, a nervous tic occurs in those who have restrained themselves for years. A tic indicates that inner tension has peaked, further restraint is impossible, and the person is about to snap.
It’s not necessarily about suppressing anger or aggression. Hidden sorrow, anxiety, fear, or the fear of losing face, being shamed, or losing value in someone’s eyes can also be concealed. For a more accurate diagnosis of the causes, pay attention to the metaphysical significance of the body part where the tic occurs. For example, a facial tic indicates a fear of losing face.
What to do: Relax self-control in the area causing the tic. There’s no longer a need to make a favorable impression. Free yourself, allow all your emotions, desires, and hopes to show. Love yourself and accept the fact that others may feel differently about you. We don’t have to please everyone and love everyone. We can judge and misunderstand others, and they can judge and misunderstand us. That’s normal. The main thing is that you support, understand, and accept yourself.
Tremor and Tic According to Valery Sinelnikov
Valery Sinelnikov asserts that nervous tremor and tic are more common in children. The reason is the lack of unconditional love from parents. This manifests (and causes twitching muscles in children) as:
- A sense of duty from parents, but a lack of love and desire to care for the child
- Thoughts of abortion, unwillingness of one or both parents to have a child
- Worries due to untimely pregnancy or difficulties the child created (financial, material, moral)
- Conflicts between parents, claims, hatred, resentments
- Resentment towards the child for interfering with life goals
What to do: Parents should stop fulfilling their duties out of a sense of obligation. The child understands and feels everything. As soon as mom and dad love their little one, realize the benefits and value of their birth, the child will calm down, and the tic will disappear.
Interesting! Valery knows about the specifics of nervous tic first-hand. His son also had a tic and twitchy behavior. At the same time, significant changes were occurring in the parents’ lives: both were focused on their careers, worked a lot, and didn’t pay attention to their child and each other. Reevaluating the parents’ values cured their son. Thus, Valery Sinelnikov personally confirmed that children’s health depends on the thoughts and emotions of parents.
Louise Hay and the Somatics of Nervous Tic
Causes of twitching eye according to Louise Hay: fear, paranoid tendencies, self-doubt, the feeling that someone is constantly watching one’s actions and life. Affirmation for healing: “I am accepted by life as a whole. All is well. I am safe.”
To heal, first and foremost, you need to decide to have a serious conversation with yourself. Think about why the illness was given to you, what your body is trying to say. It’s important to understand that the cause and treatment of the disease lie exclusively within you. As soon as you transfer the negativity from the subconscious to the conscious level, the physical symptoms will begin to recede.
After identifying your fear, learn to perceive it as a teacher and helper. Understand what it protects you from, how it helps. It’s important to remember when the tic first appeared, what preceded the situation, or what coincided with the onset.
All diseases are related to fear, while health depends on love. In turn, love and fear correspond to certain personality qualities.
Attributes of love:
Attributes of fear:
Emotions accompanying fear program a person for self-destruction. Emotions characteristic of love, on the contrary, strengthen health, program a person for development and success.
Important! If you cannot independently determine the cause of the disease or identify the fear that underlies all experiences, consult a psychotherapist. Even if you are confident that you know the cause of the nervous tic, a psychologist’s consultation will not be superfluous.
Gymnastics and Relaxation
The main cause of the tic is overexertion, exhaustion. Therefore, for treatment and prevention, it is important to master methods of relaxing the soul and body. Make it a rule to perform a simple daily training with a few eye exercises:
- Close your eyes for five seconds, open your eyes, close again. Repeat eight times.
- Close your eyes for a minute and gently massage the eyelid with your index finger (circular motions).
- Close your eyes, additionally cover them with your palms. Think of something good for a few minutes. Just let your eyes rest.
For improved concentration and relaxation, use these exercises:
- Look up.
- Rotate your eyes clockwise and counterclockwise.
- Follow a diagonal line with your eyes.
- Move your eyes along an imagined concave and convex arc.
- Draw a diamond, a figure eight, and the letter S with your eyes.
- Look at the tip of your nose.
- Blink rapidly.
Additionally, you can select a unique gymnastics complex for the whole body or engage in yoga, meditation. Breathing gymnastics are also beneficial.
For the prevention of nervous tics, you should do the following:
- Believe in your strength, understand and continuously reveal your potential, your capabilities. The universe will surely help you if you love yourself and what you do.
- Reconsider your attitude towards life, the past, and yourself. Forgive old resentments, learn to derive lessons from mistakes.
- Rest. Learn to rest without thinking about work. Allow yourself to enjoy life, find a favorite activity, satisfy your desires.
- Take relaxing baths, and take herbal sedatives if necessary.
- Alternate types of activities throughout the day, adhere to the work and rest regime.
Important! If you suffer from a nervous tic, visit a neurologist. Medical examination is also important because the cause could be an imbalance of microelements or pathologies of the nervous system. If medical causes are excluded, focus on psychological correction.