I believe that not handling ourselves emotionally will lead to a lot more stress than we bargained for. In my formative years, it wasn’t so much that I didn’t deal with my emotions.
Being angry meant my emotions were dealt with, although slightly misplaced, but had the emotional support have been in place, I would have handled myself better. Emotions are scary and because they’re scary, we don’t always know how to handle them.
The mood swings, retreating into our shell, they’re part of the same scenario and need dealing with before they impact ours and others’ lives. Emotions are our most valuable tool and will often bridge the gap between us staying well and becoming ill. They impart important messages along the way for us, all we have do is listen.
It’s important that we at least learn how to process and cope with our emotions effectively, so that we have a chance of staying well. Where we don’t know what we’re feeling, we must dig deep, try to identify the emotions to work out its message. If the issue we have involves someone else, then it’s important we talk to that someone, to try to work through a comprise or find a middle ground.
I tend to work on the assumption that for every issue there is a solution, therefore I work to find out the solution. It’s often more important than the issue itself, because it has so many connotations if it’s not deal with effectively. If we handle our emotions badly, the issue we’re dealing with will often spiral out of hand and will cause the mandatory fallouts.
We also know that those of us who handle stress better have healthier immune systems and don’t get sick as often. All the more reason to handle ourselves well. Handling our emotions better also slows down the ageing process, by 16 years I believe.