Emotional Wellness – How It Affects The Body

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April 28, 2020 0 Comment

Emotional Wellness – How It Affects The Body

Your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. For instance, if you get extremely angry you may feel a hot burning up sensation. 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. This can also cause other body responses like developing high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us may be under stress, depression or even anger from these unprecedented times. Focusing on emotional wellness is important especially when your body will suffer.

There are ways you can improve your emotional health and body. First, try to recognize your emotions and understand why you are having them. Sorting out the causes of sadness, stress, and anxiety in your life can help you manage your emotional health. 

Positive Thinking and Balance 

We have all heard the work & personal life balance — it’s very difficult. The power of positivity can really help focus on what you have going on in your life. Focus on the things that you are grateful for in your life. Try not to obsess about the problems at work, school, or home that lead to negative feelings. This doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy when you feel upset. It’s important to deal with these negative feelings, but try not to let them rule your life. Letting go of some things you can’t control helps relieve tension and stress while learning to deal with bad news or other stress in your life that make you feel overwhelmed. Some research has shown that having a positive outlook can improve your quality of life and give your health a boost. Focus on the good while being selective on bad.

How Does Emotional Wellness Affect Health?

Low emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system and can cause many side effects. A weak immune system can make you more susceptible to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times. Typically when feeling stressed, depressed, or upset, your mind will resort to comfort. You may not feel like exercising, resort to eating comfort foods and sweets. You may abuse alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Every body is different and responds to stress in different ways. You may experience some of these symptoms if your emotional health is no balanced:

  • headaches
  • back pain or chest pain
  • change in appetite
  • weight gain or loss
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or upset stomach
  • extreme tiredness
  • high blood pressure
  • insomnia 
  • sweating & racing heart rate
  • sexual problems
  • shortness of breath
  • Stiff neck
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Stress is a fact of life. When you are emotionally well your mind, body, and spirit move together as one cohesive unit. In mathematics, the theory of connectedness tells that an object is bonded when it moves as one piece. Back pain to chronic illness can just make things worse. Seeing a doctor can help you get a hold of things for improvement while identifying the things you can do on your own. Still, have back pain or stiff neck? MAT can help.