The mind and body have an intimate bond – the way you think or feel can have a profound impact on your physical health. Your body has specific ways of responding to different emotions, often referred to as a somatic response
Negative emotions cause negative effects in our bodies and in the same vein, good feelings and positive emotions have positive and therapeutic effects, with the potential to heal us and make us healthier and happier inside out.
Insomnia is an emotional sleeping disorder, most commonly linked to high amounts of stress and anxiety, resulting in non-restorative sleep. It can adversely impact health, leaving any sufferer feeling lethargic and fatigued throughout the day. Most of us experience a form of insomnia at some point in our lives, stemming from physical and emotional issues, including stress, grief or jet lag and illness. There’s more to the power of sleep than most of us realise. Major restorative functions in the body such as tissue repair, muscle growth, and protein synthesis occur almost exclusively during sleep.
Binge eating and anorexia are just some of the few types of eating disorders that could be triggered by emotions brought about by low self-esteem, stress, break-ups or redundancy. These disturbances in diet are undeniably harmful to anyone’s health and can interfere in a happy and healthy life. As with most illnesses, early treatment is key, but also, encouraging a healthy view of self and others can have so much impact in one’s life.
In today’s fast-paced life, people are bound to encounter stressful situations once in a while. The all too familiar pressure to juggle work responsibilities with family duties let alone social commitments easily elevates our stress levels.
stress can trigger a chain of reactions within our body and one of those is the production of cortisol, or the stress hormone. Although not inherently bad (after all, it prevents inflammation and aids metabolism among many things), a glut of cortisol production can suppress our immune system, which can tip the balance of our health and well-being. Persistent elevation of stress hormones can also increase the risk for cardiovascular conditions and heart attack.
Anxiety manifests as a reaction to stress and can occur in people who are unable to distinguish the stressors in their life. Restlessness, panic and feeling of impending doom are a few emotional side effects of anxiety, but it can also induce physical symptoms such as stomach ache, muscle tension, heart palpitations, headache, rapid breathing and fatigue. Prolonged anxiety can adversely impact health and much like stress, can lead to different conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperacidity and diabetes. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage
stress and anxiety, and it can be as practical as getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness and talking to a friend.
How exercise can help…..
Increase the release of neurotransmitters and chemical messaging to the brain to improve mood
Relaxes the body
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