How Negative Thoughts and Emotions Harm Your Body

· July 12, 2015

Have you ever thought about how the way you think might affect your health and body? We’re often not aware of the effects that our thoughts can have on our bodies and health. We sometimes get carried away by stress, tension, anxiety, depression, haste and other negative feelings without even considering that it can affect us emotionally and physically, lowering our quality of life.

The mind-body connection is much stronger than we think, as our thoughts and emotions stimulate the production of certain chemicals that influence our physical and emotional health. For example, serotonin and dopamine are two chemicals that our brain releases when we’re experiencing happiness or euphoria. A similar process occurs with negative emotions, but instead of making the body well, they cause pain and other ailments that prevent us from feeling healthy.

The brain has the ability to store important and decisive information for behavior and its relationship to the body. Many experts agree that we all have the ability to see the good and the bad in any situation, as we are responsible for giving the moments in our day either a positive or negative connotation.

The effect on our bodies

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Our emotional states can lead to physical ailments, possibly indicating that we are going through a difficult time in which negative thoughts and emotions have taken control. For example, chronic neck pain could possibly indicate an inability to see different perspectives.

Unexplained pain in the hips could be a sign that we’re overrun with fear and unable to make important decisions.

Upper back pain is associated with heartbreak; middle back pain is related to the inability to let go of the past; and lower back pain is connected to financial stress.

Experiencing pain in the knees may indicate fear, pride and lack of control over the ego.

When we’re experiencing a situation that makes us angry, a biochemical reaction occurs in the body that raises adrenaline levels and causes us to relive the experience again and again.

Feelings of sadness can greatly influence our energy levels and motivation.  Sadness causes fatigue, excessive tiredness, and low energy.

How do I fight negative thoughts and feelings?

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As much as we have moments full of happiness, it is the difficult times that test our strength and our ability to control our emotions. To cope with negative thoughts and feelings that can come up at any time in our lives, it’s important to think positively, no matter how difficult or insurmountable it may seem.

Every day when we wake up, it’s important to prepare the body and mind for the new day and the challenges that lie ahead so that we can stay well and live happily. Our minds are amazingly powerful and can perform many tasks with ease. So, it’s important to give it a good dose of positivity and to try to see the brighter side of things, even if you’re going through a relatively difficult experience to overcome.

When negative thoughts and emotions try to take over our lives and health, it’s very important to take a few minutes to reflect and meditate on whether it’s really something worth spending our time and energy on. Chances are that after this exercise, instead of complaining and letting your emotions control you, you’ll want to make a change in your life and will seek out solutions so that negativity doesn’t rob you of your quality of life.

It’s been scientifically proven that positivism and good emotions, such as joy and happiness, release hormones responsible for strengthening the immune system.  Similarly, it was determined that negative emotions have the opposite effect and weaken the immune system, making our bodies more prone to illness.

Being a positive person is a question of choice, good thoughts and feelings. A good dose of positivism is worth it; it improves our physical and emotional health in many ways.