Every second of person’s life has some type of an emotion. Depression or joy, sadness or happiness, emotions are extremely important part of your day. The crucial thing is that our emotions are related to our physical health. Emotions release various chemicals and afterwards they generate different environment in your bodies. Oxytocin, dopamine and serotin are released when we feel happy, where cortisol is released when we feel stress.
What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? Or how about when we are thinking positive thoughts? What about when we are not emotionally charged to neither positive nor negative? Let’s explore how these affect our body and life.
Positive vs. Negative
Our brain defines what will be negative or positive in the most cases. The brain is the most powerful tools in our bodies so as it judges something to be negative or positive we are getting a different reaction.
For example: Some people will get pissed off when they will get cut off by another vehicle and will change their mood immediately while some will just hit the brake and continue like nothing happened before. We can conclude that things aren’t always negative or positive by definition, but it is how will we define them.
Cut The Perceptions As Much As Possible
After thinking about it for a moment you might realize that there are in fact no positive or negative experiences other than what we define as such. Therefore our very perception of an experience or situation has the ultimate power as to how we will feel when it’s happening and how our bodies will be affected. While we can always work to move beyond our definitions of each experience and move into a state of mind/awareness/consciousness where we simply accept each experience for what it is and use it as a learning grounds for us, we may not be there yet and so it’s important to understand how certain emotions can affect our health.
“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” ~ Hippocrates
Mind Body Connection
Even though not seen visually, the connection between our mind and our body is huge. While positive thinking and inner calmness can lead to a healthy life style and self esteem, destructive thinking and unresolved issues will surely lead to an unhealthy and unfulfilled life.
Our emotions are our body’s essential energy and they can also be stored in our cellular memory. You can probably still feel pain from something that left an emotional mark from when you were in a situation when you felt overwhelmed with stress. That area of your body is likely to store the energy released from the type of experience you had.
Here’s an interesting chart on how various emotions affect your body.
When we feel some injuries, stiffness or pain, it is often connected to some feeling within. We often leave the feeling and emotions aside so we have chronic and back pain, not from physical exercises or injuries, go to physical therapists, spend our money and nothing happens. It seemed that something was addressed to wrong place. The emotions were involved behind it.
The power is within us
According to David Suzuki breath exhaled from verbal anger and expression, jealousy and hatred contain toxins. 80 guinea pigs can be killed by accumulated 1 hr of these toxins. So try to imagine the harm you are doing to your bodies with unprocessed emotional experience and negative thoughts in your mind.
We have the power to deal with all the pain, negative emotions and energy. So do not get stressed over little things or do not judge on small situations as negative or positive. Look at the situations with positive energy, slow down, take a breath and observe the things before reacting. Preserve your health, keep a positive attitude, help and love the people around you.