Mind & Body

If emotional health is all about being aware of our thoughts, behaviour and feelings, then mine was clearly never top notch.

People with good emotional health learn how to cope with problems and stress that are part of their every day lives. They feel good about their relationships, but most of all they feel good about themselves.

Emotions and our health

When we deal with emotional stress, the body will react to the way we think, feel and act. This is called the “mind/body connection.” Some of the following can be physical signs that our emotional health isn’t functioning at optimum level:

  • Palpitations (racing heartbeat);
  • Upset stomach;
  • Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep;
  • IBS symptoms;
  • Appetite problems;
  • General aches and pains;
  • A sore throat.

The first sign of any problem for those with poor emotional health is a weakened immunity. When the immunity is weakened, we are more likely to suffer with colds and other infections.

Emotional health interferes with our ability to look after ourselves. We may spiral into withdrawing for a while, we may stop exercising or may stop taking prescribed medications. Drug and alcohol abuse may also be linked to poor emotional health.

I know that my ability to withdraw emotionally very early on saved me from physically getting ill. I was aware constantly aware of what was going on around me, I just wasn’t emotionally connecting. Although withdrawing in the short term helps, it’s important to make sure you stay in control and work through those issues, whilst you’ve emotionally taken yourself out.

Being aware of what is happening is the first sign you have control. The second is to use reflection, so that you see and work on the bigger picture of the issue or circumstance, you’re having to deal with. Whilst you’re in time out, it’s important to take denial out of the equation.

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21 Aug, 2010

8 thoughts on “Mind & Body

  1. Very good information. I have a few of the symptoms but really haven’t connected them to emotional health. I take Ester-C for my immune system and I believe that vitamins and mineral supplements can help a lot, especially when you have low immunity.

    Our emotions can swing so much sometimes… another factor is emotional eating, like overeating or not eating. We need to learn to deal with our emotions so we don’t have these “side effects.”

    1. Thanks for posting Lisa. Yes emotional health and physical health are inextricably linked in most cases. If we deal with things emotionally, any problems we have with our physical health should heal and if those symptoms cannot be healed fully, they will be managed better with less flare-ups.

      A lot of our illness are brought about by emotional stress, particularly conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome and although for some illnesses there aren’t any cures, they will be more manageable without the stress.

  2. So true. I just came through an extremely stressful situation and had many of the symptoms and ailments you write of and now that I’m in a calm relaxed atmosphere most of my physical problems have calmed down as well.

    1. There’s a lesson in there for all of us Brian. Take away stress and we take away some of the symptoms that contribute to stress and illness.

  3. Ilana, I’m glad you talk about this!

    I can tell just from reading it that mine is not the best either. I absolutely have had the occasional appetite issues from feeling lousy/stressed and while I definitely enjoy working out I find my motivation for that takes a hit when I’m not feeling my best, too.

    I wonder if this may explain, even though I know what needs to be done, why I feel that reprogramming my subconscious is something that I view as hard, even though I know I want to do it? Do you think there may be a connection?

    1. Motivation or lack of motivation comes from low self-esteem issues and confidence. You have had lots to deal with in your life David so it’s not surprising you’re finding all this difficult.

      Trying to reprogramme your subconscious mind to work with your conscious mind takes time… doing it subliminally will be easier.

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