Emotions are directly tied to our health. Okay..that can be the end of this blog entry, right? Well, it could but then you wouldn’t have anything exciting to read. I saw a commercial the other day promoting one of those new depression drugs..but I don’t remember which one it actually was. In the commercial it talked about how ‘depression hurts’, eluding to physical symptoms. So…being curious, I looked it up.
How we feel directly affects our health in the short term. You could develop an ulcer or high blood pressure after a traumatic incident in your life because of negative feelings associated with that trauma. Also on the short term, you could develop back pain, chest pain, change in appetite, weight gain or loss, dry mouth, extreme tiredness, headaches, insomnia, lightheadedness, palpatations, sweating, shortness of breath. Makes you dizzy reading all of those symptoms, huh?
Another interesting thing I remember seeing was that carrying a grudge or having built up anger causes cancer. Can you believe that? I am a firm believer in trying to identify and avoid bad feelings when I can. It’s not like we all don’t have them from time to time! Sometimes I find myself having a physical symptom above and I have to stop myself and figure out whether or not I am feeling stressed…funny how I wouldn’t clue in to the stress on my own, until my body tells me. I am sure we can all be that way from time to time. So..the next time you feel a sudden wierd symptom, stop and ask yourself if your mental state is in check. If it’s not, go and have a cup of green tea with friends.