How can my emotions affect my health?
People who have good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships.
However, many things that happen in your life can disrupt your emotional health. These can lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress, or anxiety. Even good or wanted changes can be as stressful as unwanted changes. These things include:
- Being laid off from your job.
- Having a child leave or return home.
- Dealing with the death of a loved one.
- Getting divorced or married.
- Suffering an illness or an injury.
- Getting a job promotion.
- Experiencing money problems.
- Moving to a new home.
- Having or adopting a baby.
Your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. This is one type of “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body reacts in a way that might tell you that something isn’t right. For example, you might develop high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one.
Poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system. This makes you more likely to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you are feeling stressed, anxious, or upset, you may not take care of your health as well as you should. You may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods, or taking the supplements that your doctor recommends. You may abuse alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Other signs of poor emotional health include:
- back pain
- change in appetite
- chest pain
- constipation or diarrhea
- dry mouth
- extreme tiredness
- general aches and pains
- high blood pressure
- insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- palpitations (the feeling that your heart is racing)
- sexual problems
- shortness of breath
- stiff neck
- upset stomach
- weight gain or loss.
Our bodies were not created to store negative emotions, and the body sometimes needs help in releasing them. The longer negative emotions are held by the body, the higher the negative effect on your health. Negative emotions are a barrier to homeostasis or body balance.
We offer our patients an Emotional Release protocol which aids the body in recognizing the negative emotion and then releasing it. The body is then returned to a balanced, healing state.
Don't hang onto those negative feelings. Let them go free, so that you can heal.