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6 WAYS NEGATIVE EMOTIONS IMPACT YOUR OVERALL HEALTH

Have you been in a funk lately? Let stress compile into a general bad attitude or pessimistic outlook on other areas of your life? Don't underestimate the power your mindset has over your body. When it comes to emotions, I recommend acknowledging them, feeling them fully, and moving through them rather than avoiding them.

Your negative emotions can easily turn into a habit. If you continue to react and reinforce hurtful, pessimistic, jealous, angry responses to daily life, your brain will begin to react to almost everything that same way - because you've trained it to. Those negative reinforcement patterns have been shown to affect everything from hormonal health, to heart health, to gut health, to recovery from diseases. 

Have you ever met someone who has been through a terrible tragedy or history of hardships, but somehow has the most inspiring, positive attitude about life? A 2018 study found that optimism is linked to "exceptional longevity". A picture of healthy emotional resilience shows a person who is aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Someone who has learned healthy ways to cope with daily stress and let downs when they occur.

Many things can and will happen in your life that can disrupt your emotional health. One way to practice building upon your capacity for empathy, comfort expressing your emotions, and healthy coping strategies is to embrace vulnerability. 

Vulnerability is the process of getting in touch with emotions or behaviors that bring you fear.  You might be scared of how you will feel when a particular subject comes to light or you may be scared of how people will react when you tell them. On the other side of those fears are some amazing life changes! The benefits of being more vulnerable include healing old wounds, forging deeper relationships, and becoming a better, stronger version of yourself! 

If you need another reason to start working through negative emotions such as, anger, jealousy, stress, sadness, and rage, here are 6 ways that negative emotions can be negatively influencing your health - and why it’s important to give yourself and emotions the time and attention they deserve. 

How negative emotions impact your health

 

1. Negative Emotions Can Raise Your Risk Of Heart Disease 

Negative emotions may also affect lifestyle habits, which in turn can increase heart disease risk. Your heart chakra is in charge of the emotions of love, acceptance, and compassion. If you have a block in your heart chakra, you are likely experiencing loneliness, detachment, jealousy, and criticism. Those blockages can show up as asthma, allergies, and heart and lung issues. As a practical example, people who are chronically stressed, anxious, depressed, or angry tend to drink too much alcohol, smoke, overeat, and get less exercise - all unhealthy habits that are bad for your heart. 


2. Negative Emotions Can Impact The Efficiency Of Your Medication, And Your Willingness To Take Them 

You are more likely to take medications if you are ineffectively managing your emotions. The worse your unacknowledged chronic negative emotions go with no treatment or support, the more likely you are to turn to unhealthy ways of muting them. I recommend supplements, herbs, and other energetic healing treatments. Did you know that the mood you are in can influence the effect of your prescription medication you’re taking? Your mindset is so powerful in controlling your overall health. If you are in a heightened emotional state of mind when you take medication, the outcomes can vary and be unpredictable. 


3. Negative Emotions Can Result In Inflammatory Skin Conditions 

Skin disorders often result from a traumatic or negative experience, whether that be physically, psychologically, or socially. The most common trigger for several inflammatory skin disorders is emotional stress. Research has shown that our skin has an immediate reaction to emotional and mental stress. You may have heard of the gut-brain connection that explains how stress and your microbiome communicate and affect one another. The second largest microbiome in your body is your skin’s microbiome. This powerful landscape of mycobacteria that regulates skin health communicates with your brain and gut as well. Inflammation in one system can cause an inflammatory response on your skin. This inflammation can often take the form of stress-related rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. Learn more about how to protect your skin health with nutrition, here

4. Negative Emotions Weaken Your Immune System 

We have learned over the past couple of years not only how important protecting your immune health is, but also how your immune system is affected by other systems and conditions in your body. It is very strong, but also very vulnerable if you are not taking care of yourself or filling yourself with negative energy. Did you know that Inflammation is a response from our immune system? A recent study showed that negative emotions, like stress, cause high levels of inflammation in the body as well as an overactive immune system. Inflammation is linked to a myriad of other health issues and chronic diseases. People with a strong social connection are better at fighting colds and illnesses. It has also been shown that those with clinical depression recover less quickly. A study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, shows that cancer patients with an openness about their feelings and emotions had less doctor visits for cancer-related problems. 


5. Negative Emotions Can Lead To Digestive Disorders 

Anger, anxiety, and sadness - all of these emotions can trigger symptoms in the gut. Your microbiome communicates with your brain via the gut-brain axis, or vagus nerve, and the two send important signals both ways. This biological connection between our mood and our microbiome involves neurotransmitters, immune chemicals, and products of our gut bacteria that transmit messages back and forth. Inflammation from poor gut health not only weakens your immune system, it is also strongly related to symptoms of depression. Have you heard of leaky gut? There are plenty of studies proving how ‘leaky gut’ negatively affects your mood. The brain also has a direct effect on the stomach's intestines. For instance, when you feel nervous or threatened, digestion can slow or stop so that your body can focus on functions with higher priority - which can result in the condition of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

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6. Negative Emotions Can Worsen Hormonal Imbalance 

One fascinating fact that we’re learning more and more about is the interconnectedness of systems in the human body. From our gut, to our skin, to our brain, to our immune system, to our endocrine system, studies are showing how one clearly affects the other. Systems of communication, bacteria, fungi, and even our own cells control critical responses that can lead to imbalances that cause diseases and disorders. One clear example of this is the vast amount of people in our day and age suffering from hormonal imbalance. There are over 200 hormones and hormone-like substances working in the human body and specific hormones that are triggered by stress. Negative mindset and chronic stress will affect the release of specific hormones from your adrenal glands. For example, high levels of cortisol due to chronic stress in the body accelerates aging and damages your cells. This imbalance will throw off the healthy regulation of other hormones in your body like estrogen, testosterone, thyroid hormones, and insulin. These imbalances respond with more issues for your brain - causing neural and cognitive issues. To learn more about hormonal balance, try my program, Serena’s Ultimate Health Reset.  


WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUR EMOTIONS AND POSITIVE MINDSET

FORGIVENESS

Research shows that forgiveness helps us experience better mental, emotional, and physical health. The practice of forgiveness has also been shown to be linked to better immune function and a longer lifespan, as well as lower blood pressure and improving cardiovascular health. 


GRATITUDE

Gratitude is a human emotion most simply defined as acknowledgment of a compassionate act. Gratitude frees us from toxic emotions, and can help you feel more positive emotions, savor good experiences, improve your health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. My method, Culinary Alchemy®, is largely built around expressing gratitude. Infusing your food with positive emotions and eating mindfully supports your energetic centers just as much as your physical body systems. Here’s how you can start to implement Culinary Alchemy® at home. 

  1. Approach the process of preparing and serving your foods with gratitude and grace for the nutrients you are about to receive.
  2. Acknowledge how your emotions affect your eating habits - Learning to identify which emotions trigger unhealthy eating habits can help you avoid eating patterns that aren’t serving you.
  3. Realize your relationship to certain foods - Understanding how different foods affect your energy can help you eat more intuitively.
  4. Eat slowly + mindfully - As you eat, chew slowly and really taste the flavors and textures of each bite. This will help you appreciate and savor your food, as well as refine the senses.

Implementing these easy steps can help you approach food from a place of love, gratitude, and acceptance.

RITUALS FOR POSITIVE ENERGY

How do you create, attract, and maintain positive energy in your days? Everyone has good and bad days. But wouldn't it be amazing if the good massively outweighed the bad? That can happen for you with the right routine and mindset. Having rituals - an action performed with intentional energy from your heart, mind, and soul can flip a bad day on its axis. Here are a few rituals that I incorporate to bring positive energy into my day! 


MAKING PEACE WITH YOUR STORY AND FEELING CONFIDENT IN YOUR JOURNEY 

At times, it can feel like your pain - trauma - issues are insignificant. You may worry you'll be judged for sharing these moments or memories even if it's just with a friend and not on social media. I used to feel the same way, and sometimes still do... I offer you this thought... it is far more powerful to SHARE your journey, healing, and consciousness around the 'pain' you went through than it is to keep it inside. Your story can be a light to guide others and give hope. LEARN MORE. There is always a big lesson in every story, something most people can be inspired by. At the end of the day - being of service - using our journey to inspire others is such a rewarding way to live..

DECREASE STRESS IN HEALTHY WAYS 

More and more, I am finding root causes of health disorders and chakra blockages to be related to high levels of stress. There are many ways to reduce stress, but it can almost become more stressful from the overwhelm of endless insta-ideas and trying to incorporate too many of them into your day in an attempt to reduce the stress right away. My best advice is to try 1-2 of the stress remedies that you find interesting for two weeks. Once you have built them into your routine, try something different or keep up with the habit if it worked for you! Some of my favorite ways to reduce stress include meditation, herbal teas, mantras, practicing gratitude, journaling, and creating healthy boundaries. Here are healthy ways to reduce stress

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