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How Emotions Affect Your Health & What To Do


The events happening in our life at any point in time can disrupt our emotional health. These events could induce stress, sadness, anxiety, grief, and pain. Sometimes, the events, which may later be interpreted as good, could feel in the present as unwanted changes. These could include getting a divorce, a child leaving home, moving to a new city, and suffering an illness or financial problems. It is therefore, important to understand how our emotions affect our health.

The human body has a mind-body connection, which allows it to express stress, anxiety, or other physiological symptoms when going through a particularly stressful time. When you have a poor emotional health, it reduces the body’s immunity, making the body susceptible to infections, colds, and other illnesses. Typically, back pain, constipation, tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, insomnia and a stiff neck indicate some emotional troubles that need to be resolved. This is one reason why along with your physical symptoms, your doctor also needs to learn about your emotional state. In such cases, a combined work on physical as well as the emotional aspects of the health could prove beneficial.

There are some very simple techniques that you can employ to work on your emotional health. One of the most important is to be able to express your emotions in a constructive way. Usually, this could be by talking to a good friend, or writing out the things that are bothering you. At times, it becomes essential to seek help from someone who is outside the situation such as a counsellor, a family doctor or a spiritual advisor. It is important to develop emotional resilience. Social support systems, accepting change, and by keeping track of the events and how they bother you are a good way to begin. In addition, if you could try relaxation methods, such as Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation, or taking up a hobby for its pleasure. These practices enable emotional resilience and help you cope with or take on challenges and changes.

Living a balanced life is after all essential to good health.