Are Your Emotions Affecting Your Health?

We all have emotions, that is a given.  As our day unfolds, we may experience a  variety of emotions depending upon the people we interact with, the tasks we  undertake, our communing and so on all of which stimulate feelings which in turn  result in emotions.  What about relieving stress?

When driving to work and traffic is heavy,  do you find yourself tense and anxious?  If you get cut off or a driver won’t  let you over when you need to change lanes, do you become enraged?  At work, are  your co-workers chronically complaining about their families or health issues?   All of these situations add stress, anxiety and a general feeling of negativity  to your life.  Not a very pleasant picture.  Do this on a daily basis and it is  no wonder you begin to have aches, pains, stiffness, stomach trouble, etc.  All  related to some form of emotional stress.

Fortunately, there are  alternatives; there is a bright and shiny light at the end of the tunnel.  How  we choose to react to these interactions will make a difference as to the affect  their emotions can have on our body.  We do have the option of taking control of  the emotional roller coaster we are on.  Having the freedom to enjoy a higher  quality of life is our God given right. We just need to know how relieve stress,  anxiety, fear, frustration and a host other negative emotions in our life.

First, let’s take a look at what goes on in our body when we react to  various emotions.  We know that our body is designed to protect us when in  danger and this is a good thing.  This is called the fight  or flight syndrome and during this type of situation our body releases  certain chemicals that causes our body to shut down certain systems and put  other systems into overdrive.  This served us quite well during the cave man  days when threatened by beasts.  It also comes in handy if we are threatened by  a mugger or other such incident.  But it also comes into play when our brain  receives signals from out body through our emotions that relay heightented  states of duress or stress which releases a chemical called cortisol.

During these times of stress, the ongoing release of cortisol stops the healing  process and actually causes damage to the immune system.  So, when you find  yourself fealing anxious or stressed, you have higher levels of cortisol running  amuck in your body which causes degenerative changes.  It supresses your immune  system and over long periods of time can lead to other process such as disease.

Pharmacologist Connie Grauds, R. Ph., states in her book The Energy  Prescription that “An undisciplined mind leaks vital energy in a continuous  stream of thoughts, worries, and skewed perceptions, many of which trigger  disturbing emotions and degenerative chemical processes in the body”.

Our  genes determine our physical characteristics but NOT our psychological  charateristics.  We can exert a tremendous amount of control over our genes  actually changing the quality of our life simply by taking control of our  emotions.  Our genes can be activated through stimulation from our environment –  both the outer environment in which we live, work and play as well as our  internal, biological environment.

The outer environment consists of our  family, business, social networks, foods,  toxins, church, parks, etc.  The inner environment consists of our thoughts and  beliefs, emotions, biochemical, energetic and spiritual components.

Our  thoughts and emotions affect our genes everyday every bit as much as the  environment we live in.  Your beliefs become biology!  The more we focus on a  specific thought or practice a specific action, the higher number of neurons are  required in our brain to transmit the thoughts which means increased pathways  are required to handle the processing of this information.  So our brains can be  reshaped according to our thoughts and thought patterns.

Our thoughts and  emotions turn are genes on and off.  Our brain holds the keys to our own  pharmaceutical division which has a complete array of healing compounds waiting  to be delivered throughout our body – on command.  Our body was perfectly  engineered, created and designed to secrete chemicals specifically to enhance  our immune system.  We have chemicals on board to make us feel happy  (serotonin), chemicals that reduce or eliminate pain (endorphins); all of which  can be released through conscious action on our part.

According to Dr.  Andrew Weil, optimism heals and promotes a longer life.  People who have a  positive attitude toward aging tend to live 7.5 years longer than those  individuals who held negative attitudes toward aging.

Energy techniques  such as EFT, also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, are wonderful methods  through which you can take control of your thoughts and emotions and improve the  quality of life you live.  Medical science has known for decades our ability to  actively turn our genes on and off.  We are capable of generating the molecules  needed for healing.  As I stated previously, our brains are already a well  stocked pharmacy, ready to generate and circulate into our body chemicals  similar in nature to many of the drugs prescribed by doctors.

You now  know that you can turn on the stress response through the process of your  thinking which releases cortisol into your body; inhibiting healing and  suppressing your immune system.  You also know that you can turn ON the healing  process and release helpful endorphins, hormones, and chemicals into your body  such as serotonin in the same way.  When we consciously change our thinking  through beliefs, intentions, spiritual practice, meditation, or prayer, we can effect miraculous healing as  a result.  Beliefs do become biology!

Two thirds of doctors now believe  in the power of prayer; seeing it as important as medicine.  They see it as  psychologically beneficial to the patient as they feel God may answer their  prayers.  Miracles abound in the medical community.  The more people learn about  the use of alternative techniques such as EFT, the more miraculous changes will  occur.

By changing your beliefs, intentions, spiritual practice,  prayer, you can change the quality of your life.  Whether you choose meditation,  yoga, EFT, or some other type of energy technique to assist you, knowing that  you can take control over your emotions will make a difference in the quality of  your life.  So, what will it be?  Will you continue living life on an emotional  roller coaster or change course?  Personally, I prefer living in the fantastic  lane of the emotionally free. Sure, I have my days when things can get a little  chaotic but I also have the ability to turn my emotions around and change the  way my body is affected.  You can too, if you want to.