For centuries, healers have pondered the connection between mental and physical health. In recent years, science has begun to recognize the powerful connections through which emotional, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health outcomes. As research in the field of mind-body medicine is finding, emotions and thought patterns can contribute to imbalances within the body. The beliefs you hold about yourself and the world, your emotions, your memories, and your habits all can influence mental and physical health. These connections between what is going on in your mind and heart, and what is happening in your body, form the psycho-emotional roots of health and disease.
Emotions like anger, fear, guilt, anxiety, sadness, resentment, jealousy, depression, and stress can manifest within the body and contribute to imbalance and disease. For example, you are likely already familiar with the way that fear can contribute to digestive upset or how tension can lead to headaches.
When you experience emotional states like sadness, joy, or anger, physiological sensations occur in different areas of your body. Scientists have created maps of emotions, showing areas of the body that are activated when study participants experienced different emotions.
Louise Hay, bestselling author of ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ has done a tremendous job at building connection between the physical diseases and the mental diseases.
Problems with the head: Feeling that something is wrong with “us”.
Hair problems: Lack of strength; tension.
Ear problems: Unwillingness to hear what’s going on around you; anger about what is heard.
Stomach problems: Inability to assimilate new experiences; fear of new ideas.
Neck problems: Stubbornness; inability to see the other side of the equation.
Throat problems: Feeling inadequate to stand for yourself; repressed anger; swallowing emotional hurt.
Back problems: Lack of support. Upper back: lack of emotional support, holding back love; Middle back: Guilt; Lower back: lack of financial support, fear of money.
Eye Problems: Not liking what you see in your life; Not wanting to see the past, present or the future; Not seeing the truth.
Knee problem: Inflexibility; stubbornness; inability to bend; ego.
Lung problems: Feeling that we do not have the right to live life fully.
Mouth problems: Incapacity to take ideas; closed mind; set opinions.
Nerve problems: Confused thinking; fear; struggle; anxiety.
Breast problems: Over-mothering a place, person, a thing or an experience.
Heart problems: Denying yourself joy and love.
Bladder problems: Being pissed off.
Colon problems: Inability to let go; holding on to the old.
Leg problems: Inability to move forward; reluctance for the future.
Allergies: Who are you allergic to? False ego and sensitivity.
Cold: Confusion, dis-order, small hurts; Family and calendar beliefs.
Diabetes: Sense of sorrow; No sweetness in life.
Fatigue: Resistance, boredom; Lack of love for what you do.
Gas pains: Gripping undigested ideas; Gulping air from fear.
Headaches: Invalidating the self; emotional upsets; uncertainty.
Migraine: Putting too much pressure on yourself; wanting to be perfect; suppressed anger.
Sinus: Irritation with someone in your life; someone bearing down on you.
Itching: Unsatisfied desires; remorse; guilt.
Jaundice: Prejudice; discoloured beliefs.
Overweight: Need for protection; insecurity; seeking love; fear of loss; stuffing feelings.
Frequent pains: Punishment for guilt; blockage; belief in bondage.
Rheumatism: Resentment; lack of love; chronic bitterness; feeling of revenge.
Ulcers: Anxiety; fear of not being good enough.
Venereal disease: Belief that sex is sinful; sexual guilt; need for punishment.
Warts: Self-hatred; believing you are ugly; guilt.
Constipation: Inability to let go; tendency to over-save.
Varicose veins: Having to stand for a job you hate.
Arthritis: Constant pattern of criticism of self and others; need to be perfect.
Boils, cuts, fevers, sores, inflammations: Anger
Cancer: deep resentment for a long time; disappointment; hopelessness.
Stiffness: Stiffness in the mind; clinging to old ways.
Swelling: Stagnation in emotional thinking; bottled-up tears; blaming others for your limitations.
Tumors: Running old grudges; staying hurt for long time.
So, what do scientific investigations reveal about the health effects of laughter? As you might suspect, it's good for your heart and cardiovascular health.
Researched benefits of laughter include:
Improved blood pressure
Lower levels of stress hormones
Strengthened immune function
Improved brain function, including the ability to retain more information
Reduced risk of heart attack
Abdominal, facial and back muscle conditioning
Improved emotional health and energy levels
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Ongoing anxiety though may be the result of a disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or social anxiety.
Stressful events such as a test or a job interview can make anyone feel a bit anxious. And sometimes, a little worry or anxiety is helpful. It can help you get ready for an upcoming situation. For instance, if you are preparing for a job interview, a little worry or anxiety may push you to find out more about the position. Then you can present yourself more professionally to the potential employer. Worrying about a test may help you study more and be more prepared on test day.
But excessive worriers react quickly and intensely to these stressful situations, even thinking about the situation can cause chronic worriers great distress and disability. Excessive worry or ongoing fear or anxiety is harmful when it becomes so irrational that you can’t focus on reality or think clearly. People with high anxiety have difficulty shaking their worries. When that happens, they may experience actual physical symptoms such as:
Fight or Flight Response
High Blood Sugar
Problems Fighting Off Germs
Although excessive worrying and high anxiety can cause an imbalance in your body, there are many options you have that can re-establish harmony of mind, body, and spirit.
Talk to your doctor. Start by talking with your primary care physician. Get a thorough physical exam to make sure other health problems are not fueling your feelings of anxiety. Your doctor may prescribe medication such as anti-anxiety drugs or antidepressants to help you manage anxiety and excessive worry.
Exercise daily. With your doctor’s approval, begin a regular exercise program. Without question, the chemicals produced during moderate exercise can be extremely beneficial in terms of enhancing the function of the immune system. Regular aerobic and strengthening exercise is also a very effective way to train your body to deal with stress under controlled circumstances.
Eat a healthy balanced diet. Stress and worrying provoke some people to eat too little, others too much, or to eat unhealthy foods. Keep your health in mind when worrying nudges you toward the fridge.
Drink caffeine in moderation. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which can trigger adrenaline and make you feel nervous and jittery.
Be conscious of your worries. Set aside 15 minutes each day where you allow yourself to focus on problems and fears -- and then vow to let them go after the 15 minutes is up. Some people wear a rubber band on their wrist and "pop" the rubber band if they find themselves going into their "worry mode." Do whatever you can to remind yourself to stop dwelling on worries.
Learn to relax. Relaxation techniques can trigger the relaxation response -- a physiological state characterized by a feeling of warmth and quiet mental alertness. This is the opposite of the "fight or flight" response. Relaxation techniques can offer a real potential to reduce anxiety and worries. They can also increase your ability to self-manage stress. Practiced regularly, relaxation techniques can counteract the debilitating effects of stress. Common relaxation techniques include deep abdominal breathing, meditation, listening to calming music, and activities like yoga and taichi.
Meditate. Daily meditation may help you move beyond negative thoughts and allow you to become "unstuck" from worries that keep your body on high alert. With meditation, you purposefully pay attention to what is happening at the present moment without thinking of the past or future. Meditation decreases hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which are released during the "fight or flight" or stress response.
Have a strong social network. Chronic feelings of loneliness or social isolation make it harder to effectively manage stress. People who are happily married and/or have large networks of friends not only have greater life expectancies compared with those people who do not, but they also have fewer incidences of just about all types of disease.
Talk to a professional therapist. Psychological counseling can help you develop appropriate coping strategies to deal with issues that trigger excessive worrying. Psychological intervention can give you coping methods that you can use either within or outside other treatment programs. The therapist will help you identify what types of thoughts and beliefs cause the anxiety and then work with you to reduce them. The therapist can help you by suggesting ways that may help you change. But you have to be the one to make the changes. Therapy is only successful if you work on getting better.
2. Physical overtraining
3. Not getting enough sleep
4. Having a job you don’t enjoy
5. Negative thinking
For example, it has been long known that severe stressors like surgery or trauma can cause the intestinal lining to become “leaky.” More recent research is also exploring the impacts of chronic psychological stress on this important gut barrier. Overall, these impairments in normal digestion can lead to:
science also demonstrates that the microbes, which inhabit your
digestive tract and play many important roles in your health, seem to
respond directly to stress-related signals. This stress-induced
disruption of the microbiome can increase susceptibility to
infections, influence weight, and impact metabolism.
Over time, chronic exposure to stress may contribute to the development or worsening of a variety of more complex digestive diseases, including:
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Peptic ulcer disease
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help manage the stress of daily life and improve your digestive health. Stress reduction strategies are key to healthy digestion as well as longevity, weight balance, and robust immunity.
and compassion improve the function of the vagus nerve, which is
crucial in the communication between the brain and digestive system.
Practices such as loving-kindness meditation can increase your
optimism, which in turn helps to balance the nervous system and
positively affect digestion.
If You Want to Live a Long and Healthy Life, Follow These Simple Tips
When it comes to health and longevity, there is no quick fix and no “fountain of youth” that will help you become healthy overnight. Being fit and healthy in order to reach a ripe old age takes effort and attention – this is something that I repeatedly tell my readers.
But here's the good news: there are a few simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve not only the quantity, but also the quality of your years. These changes are pretty basic, but can have a profound effect on your overall health once implemented.
Basic Guidelines for Optimal Health and Longevity: Try Them Today!
Keep in mind that modifying your diet and exercising are not the only important factors of health and longevity. There are many other things that you need to implement to ensure that you will be optimally healthy.
This infographic, “11 Basic Guidelines for General Health and Longevity,” summarizes all the components that need to be addressed if you want to live a long and healthy life. Here, you will learn:
Timeless tips that will help improve your quality of health
Healthy anti-aging foods that you can add to your diet
GE crops, found mostly in processed foods, that contribute most to disease and early aging
Why getting enough sun exposure is essential for optimal wellbeing
These guidelines form the basic tenets of optimal health. They are tried-and-tested foundational strategies that will not change, no matter what improvements modern science comes up with.
We urge you to follow these tips to significantly decrease your likelihood of disease and premature aging. Use these as the foundation of your overall wellness plan, and you will surely succeed in improving your health.
For more useful tips in healthy eating, we advise you to follow the Mercola Nutrition Plan, which will guide you in choosing the right foods that will suit your unique biological makeup. The Mercola Nutrition Plan addresses your unique biochemical needs based on your specific genetics, allowing you to cure your health problems at the foundational level and giving you a more permanent solution for regaining your health.