In my last post I talked about how emotions are energy, how we are energetic beings and how thoughts and emotions affect your physical health. I wanted to go into a little more depth about that connection in this post. Chronic stress causes your body to continually release stress hormones, regardless of what is causing the stress. You could be stressed out because you have deadlines to meet for work or you can be stressed out because you’re starting a new job! It doesn’t matter. If it’s stressful to you, the chemicals are released into your body.
I mentioned in the last post that your body can’t tell the difference between a real threat (which is what stress is) and one your mind has just conjured up. That’s why what you continually think about matters so much. You can literally think yourself sick! Conversely you can also think yourself healthy.
Just as people who are extremely sad or depressed over a loss can literally die of a broken heart, research shows optimistic people who focus on positive thoughts and emotions enjoy better cardiovascular health. As this article details, positive emotions can even protect you from catching colds and viruses! The conclusion reached by Professor Robert E. Cohen, was: “We need to take more seriously the possibility that positive emotional style is a major player in disease risk.” I wholeheartedly agree! That’s all part of Three Dimensional Vitality and why I address spirit, soul and body. Each impacts the others.
Becoming aware of your thoughts and the emotions they trigger is a very effective way to improve your overall health and quality of life and there are numerous energy medicine techniques that will assist you in this. Something as simple as coloring – yes just like your kindergarten child or grandchild does – has stress reducing benefits that rank right up there with meditation! The reason for its effectiveness is thought to be that it helps you switch your focus from what is upsetting or worrying you to what you are doing and in the process it deactivates the amygdala, the part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.
Maybe the easiest and most effective thing you can do today is to borrow one of your children’s or grandchildren’s coloring books, take out some crayons and color!
Do you notice how your emotions affect your physical health?
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