It may seem impossible at first, but your emotions have a very physical, tangible effect on your health. When you feel an emotion, if you pay attention to the sensation of the emotion, you will notice you feel it somewhere in your body. It could be in your stomach, your chest, throat, head, or anywhere else. This sensation you are feeling is a biological reaction. Emotions are physical, even though we don’t consciously register them as such.
What are Emotions?
Emotions are the labels we give to the sensations we feel in our bodies that result from a chemical reaction. Negative emotions are produced by varying degrees of the stress “fight, freeze or flight” state. The sensations you feel of anger, fear, depression, anxiety, loneliness, rejection etc. are the results of combinations of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
On the other hand, the sensations of love, peace, kindness, gratitude, and other positive emotions are caused by very different chemicals that include endorphins.
The specific mix of these chemicals causes a particular sensation. The conscious mind interprets that sensation as an emotion, and adds thoughts to it. These thoughts in turn trigger more of the same chemicals, and so that particular emotional state is prolonged.
Moods and Temperaments
If this cycle of sensation and thoughts is maintained for a certain length of time, it becomes recognized as a “mood”. If it continues for a longer period, it becomes a temperament – part of that person’s personality.
The Physical Effects of Emotions
The cocktail of chemicals flooding the blood stream does more than cause sensations we recognize as emotions; it triggers certain physiological responses in the body. For example: One of the chemicals produced in the feeling of kindness is oxytocin. As it travels through the blood stream, oxytocin is absorbed, resulting in a chemical that dilates the blood vessels. This means that whenever you are feeling kindness, your blood vessels are dilating – lowering your blood pressure. Over the long-term, being in a state of kindness can help to reduce hardening of the arteries and heart disease.
Contrary to this, the stress chemicals that produce the sensations of negative emotional states cause the body to go into an emergency state. The fight, freeze or flight state, while designed to help us survive physical danger, can be brought on by thought alone. This means that when you are feeling a negative emotion, your body is responding as if you are being threatened by a predator, even though there is no such physical threat.
A few of the responses of this stress state are:
– Blood is pumped away from the organs to the extremities (for fighting or running away)
– The digestive system minimizes (not needed for escaping an attack)
– Healing is slowed or suspended (not needed for escaping in the moment)
– The molecules of the stress chemicals replace those of nutrients in being absorbed by the cells
– Activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain is reduced (not needed for emergency escape)
– The immune system is impacted and compromised
As you can imagine, all of these effects are harmless in the short-term. However, when a person is living in this state of emergency most of the time – in other words, feeling negative emotions most of the time – it can result in significant damage to the body. From cells not receiving sufficient nutrients to organs not receiving sufficient blood flow – on an ongoing basis – the effects can be dire.
In addition to the disease and illness that can result from a body being subjected to the effects of an ongoing, long-term emergency state; the chemicals of negative emotions can affect genetic expression. Epigenetics is a fairly new science, but has already shown significant results in the connection between stress chemicals and the activation of specific genes in specific ways.
The research in epigenetics has shown that the molecules of stress hormones cause some genes to activate in ways they do not when there is an absence of these hormones. In other words, genetic diseases may be activated by prolonged, ongoing emotional states of stress.
The Connection between Emotions and Physical Health
As you can see, there is a solid physical link between the emotions you feel and your physical health. The body was designed to withstand (and even thrive in) short periods of fight, freeze or flight. It was not designed to survive in a permanent or long-term state of emergency. Considering this information, it is clearly a priority to find ways to reduce the amount of time you spend in negative emotional states; and increase the time you spend feeling good.
Using FasterEFT you can heal your body by changing the records in your subconscious that prompt your brain to trigger the fight, freeze or flight response out of habit and conditioning.
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