Health news seems to be everywhere, I’m constantly seeing new workout plans, new recipes, and juicing schedules. I believe in all these things! I do however think that one’s emotional health is overlooked. In my opinion, what good is it to eat healthy, exercise and still spend all day angry at someone. Maybe you follow a strict meal plan that’s beneficial for your body but you live in regret in your mind about all the past choices you have made. I don’t think the body should be treated separately, our body works as a whole unit and our emotions greatly effect our overall health. **this post may contain affiliate links*
Seriously! Life is too short to be miserable all the time. It’s ok to have a bad day, but when a bad day turns into a bad week, then a bad year….it’s time to make some changes.
Harboring unforgiveness and anger is just as damaging as eating a diet filled with junk food. Our mind-body connection is strong and constantly thinking over stressful situations can cause your body to actually product stress chemicals, even when there is no real stressor present.
Dr. Michael Berry states “Harboring these negative emotions, this anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety,” he said.
“Chronic anxiety very predictably produces excess adrenaline and cortisol, which deplete the production of natural killer cells, which is your body’s foot soldier in the fight against cancer,” he explained.
In his study, he found cancer patients who held unforgiveness and anger did poorly in their cancer treatments compared to people who were emotionally healthy, given the same treatments.
So how do we know if we are emotionally unhealthy? Every person on the planet experiences stressful events but how you handle the events, how you respond is what’s most important. Here are some signs to look for that you may need to spend more attention on your emotional health.
1.Holding bitterness and anger toward a person. Even if it has been years, when you see this person the anger or unforgiveness starts to resurface again and you can feel the old emotions. This is a clear sign you are holding on to negative emotions. It’s possible to forgive someone without trusting them. Trust must be earned but holding on to unforgiveness will only poison you. If you’re feeling negative emotions around certain people you need to deal with these issues.
2. Not being thankful is harmful to your health. Psychology professor Robert Emmons states”There are some very interesting studies linking optimism to better immune function,” Do you take time to sit in the present moment and thank God for the life you have been given? Do you really look around and appreciate family members and friends? Just having read this online is an amazing blessing, having the internet at your fingertips. No other generation has had that ability. Being negative and complaining person is unhealthy and not fun to be around.
3. Do you let your thoughts drag you around all day? Do you own every thought in your head and react to it? Many of our thoughts are lies and it’s our job to take a step back from our thoughts and choose which ones we will believe. If you have a thought that you’re a horrible mother, throw that thought away! Cling on to healthy thoughts that you are an overcomer. If you’re not able to take a step back and analyze your thoughts, choosing which ones are truth and which ones are a lie, you’re way more likely to believe the lies because you can’t recognize them. Healthy people think healthy thoughts.
If you’re taking the time to eat healthy meals, take some time to enjoy life! Appreciate what you have been given, life is a gift. It’s ok to smile and laugh at yourself, take a vacation, phone a friend and vent or seek some counseling. We all want great bodies, but having great emotions is equally important. Here are a few resources if you need help in this area.