The Effects Of Negative Emotions On Our Health

Effects Negative Emotions On Health

So, what you may think as just a headache, knee ache or ankle pain or lower back pain or stomach upset can be due to specific emotion or energy that you’re holding. Even a minor injury can be because of something that is stuck in your mind. 

For instance, pain in the ankle indicates that you aren’t being approximately kind to yourself, pain in hands indicates you are experiencing excessive levels of isolation, and pain in shoulders means you are carrying a heavy emotional burden.  

Take a look at the chart given below. It depicts how different emotions are stored in different parts of the body  and in turn affect your health.

Emotional Pain Chart
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This is how negative emotions affect your body. And physical aches and pain caused due to negative emotions cannot be easily cured with exercises or anything in a physical sense that healed it. 

Read 12 Types Of Body Pain That Are Linked To Emotions and Mental State

No matter how many physical treatments you try and burn your pocket, unless you resolve or address the emotions behind it, you cannot get rid of the physical discomfort. You will get a pain relief only when you address the unconscious thought pattern and emotions throughout your body.

However, it is difficult to realize this connection between emotions and physical pain – if you are not in touch with yourself and your emotions. This is a busy world and in the quest to meet the immediate human needs and social expectations we are drifting from ourselves. Hence, it is necessary to practise self-awareness. One must have clarity on what and why they are doing, how they are feeling, and the root of different emotions they are experiencing. 

So, the next time you fall sick or feel a pain or a tightness in any part of your body, make sure you observe yourself. Introspect what are things bothering you, the root of your stress or lack of peace in life. 

And then find peace once again with yourself and your environment. 

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Negative emotions have the power to kill

Davis Suzuki wrote in ‘The Sacred Life’, ‘condensed molecules from breath exhaled from verbal expressions of anger, hatred, and jealousy, contain toxins. Accumulated over 1 hr, these toxins are enough to kill 80 guinea pigs!’ 

So, this is the power of negative emotions!

Can you now imagine how harmful it is to store our emotions and experiences are essentially energy, which can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies.  and unprocessed emotional experience in your body?

You have the power to heal

Now matter how many hardships, heartbreaks, losses you have incurred, you have the power to get through. Instead of labelling a particular event as negative and entering into depressed mode, try to see a bigger picture in life. Pause, observe, slow things down. You will find more possibilities even if one door closes. 

Read 15 Art Therapy Exercises to Control Your Mind and Channel Your Emotions

Ask yourself, what is the lesson from this bad experience? How can I grab better opportunities? How can this job help me learn new skills? Can I use this experience to shift my perception? Can I let go of toxic people and clear some emotion within myself?

There are many tools available to clear out your mind and process your emotions in a healthy manner. It includes yoga, meditation, journaling, walking in woods, and spending time with nature. Eventually, you will learn to see things as they are and explore why they came up. Once you realize the control you have over much of what we attract within the body, you will be free of pain. 

Are you ready to deal with your negative emotions?


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