Thursday, December 29, 2011

Your Emotions and Your Physical Health

Research has proven that positive emotions are critical to the maintenance of physical health.   You may have noticed that physically you would feel nausea, heart palpitations, constipation, diarrhea,or shortness of breath when your emotional state is that of despair, panic or hopelessness. You may have also noticed that you develop a headache in response to a stressful upcoming or current situation.These physical symptoms may go away after your object of stress has been removed. However, it is  the more significant life changes that alter your "emotional climate" and thus cause negative emotions to last longer, and  in turn adversely affect your physical well-being.

Yes, it seems that negative emotions rise within us without our control - and we usually bury them and forbid ourselves to  feel them - instead of doing that, a better way to "control" these negative emotions is to first accept and allow ourselves to feel them.  After accepting them, we can consciously "add" positive feelings to our emotional climate, thus, tipping the balance towards the positive emotions which would lead us to a healthier emotional state and as a consequence a healthier physical state.

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