Life is full of stresses, surprises, challenges, and frustrations. There are days when even the most optimistic and resilient people may feel pushed to their limit. This stress is not only bad for your disposition, it can also have a detrimental effect on your health. I believe it is very important to be able to determine if your emotions are having a negative effect on your health.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that our emotions are impacted before our bodies are – that before we discover a physical illness, our emotions have been impacted in such a strong way as to impact our bodies at some point down the road. This is something that we can be either conscious, or subconscious of.
One thing to take note of, if you are not sure whether or not you have emotions contributing to your level of physical vitality, is whether or not you experience cycles or patterns of the following:
Do You Get Sick Right Before Taking a Break?
You work hard and plan for time away from it all. Sure enough, on the first day of vacation you feel it coming on? You’re getting a cold. This is a surefire sign that you’ve been pushing just a bit too hard. Your immune system held the germs off as long as they could. Now you’re sick. It happens to millions of people ever year.
It’s actually quite common with students. They push through, study hard, and make it through finals week. They head home for break or they take a trip and they are sick the entire time. I recall my own mother telling me that she hardly ever got sick, but the moment her own mother showed up to visit us, my mom got sick instantly.
She felt that this was almost due to the fact that on an emotional level, she was now okay to ‘relax and release’. If you experience this it means your stress is a bit out of balance. Find simple things you can do on a daily basis to find a sense of calm and take good care of yourself.
Do You Feel Tired or Downright Exhausted All the Time?
Daily stress impacts your systems on just about every level. Your body has to work harder to manage basic life sustaining activities. It uses more energy to simply survive. Therefore, you’re tired. Stress also affects your sleep. If you’re feeling exhausted more days than you feel energetic, take a look at your emotions.
Do you consistently feel stressed, frustrated, or overwhelmed? If so, it may be time to create a few positive habits to bring your emotions back into balance.
A very good method for self-tracking your emotions is to keep a daily log. Take note of how you feel every few hours or so throughout your day and see if you can discover any patterns taking place.
One of my preferred methods of diagnosing what is happening with my body/mind connection is to utilize the wisdom gleaned from the practice of Ayurveda.
This is a very well rounded health practice which takes into account different constitutions and body types known as doshas. Diet, emotions, herbal remedies for conditions such as stress, digestion and depression, and sleep patterns are all taken into account with Ayurvedic practitioners.
That being said, I have also had very good results with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic practices, particularly Live Blood Analysis. There really is nothing quite like seeing your own blood cells magnified and taking a look at how they behave! Talk about an intimate connection with your own cellular level of self.
Are You Gaining Weight Without Understanding Why?
Chronic stress causes obesity and weight gain. Hormones released in response to stress tell your body to store fat. Additionally, you may be receiving signals from your body to eat more because it needs energy to function.
So you eat more and unfortunately that fuel you consume is stored as fat – it provides little energy for your body.
That’s the cycle that chronic stress creates. If you’re gaining weight and you’re not sure why, look to your lifestyle. Ask yourself how you can reduce stress and create habits to better manage it.
Other signs that your emotions are affecting your health include, feeling depressed, acne breakouts and other skin conditions, as well as a low sex drive. Simple habits like meditation, exercise, and journaling can help reduce stress and improve your health.
I invite you to enjoy this video meditation from Wild Divine, entitled “Change Your World”.