Emotions & Health Connects

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It’s amazing how every sphere of our lives are intertwined in each other. How the intangible things can affect the tangible things for instance. This is proven true in a health talk I read recently as it addresses emotional balance and general well-being. How does this affect general well-being, you might ask? Well, shall we explore this together?

Let’s have an understanding of what health is for starters. Health is the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Hence, the absence of optimal function in one area does depict the deficiency in total well-being of an individual.

Emotional well-being can be described as being confident, having a solid self-esteem, building trust, and being able to understand another’s feelings without biases. Have you ever assumed for someone only to find that what you’re implying isn’t at all what they have in their minds? Has this happened to you more than once perhaps? Has it also occurred to you that perhaps you are constantly assuming the wrong things because your mind is actually what’s playing tricks on you?

Stress, worry, disappointment – these things can actually be responsible for the bias nature of our minds. Our minds can only take so much stress before a breakdown occurs, which is why actively nurturing our emotional well-being is essential.

As people take breaks or vacation when the body is being over taxed, the same way the mind is subject to the same rule. It can only take so much before it breaks down.

Let’s explore a few tips to incorporate into our routine to avoid emotional breakdown.

  1. Be an optimist – what you feed your mind actually has a lot of effect on your activities, beliefs and state of mind. Be careful what you let in.
  2. Be hopeful – change your mind; change your health. It’s all in your head.
  3. Accept yourself – Love yourself. Embrace yourself, the good and the not-so-good. No one else will accept you if you won’t. The world isn’t kind enough to do you that favor.
  4. Stay connected – the key to staying afloat is to stay connected and be heard. It’s not just enough to be seen.
  5. Receive support – we all feel tired or exhausted once in a while. It’s not a sign of weakness to let someone be of help to you. Receive the support; your body will thank you for it.
  6. Smile – you’ll be amazed how a smile can help you get through some of the toughness times in your life. Whether warranted or not, a smile is a good recipe for avoiding emotional breakdown.
  7. Find your purpose – it’s easy to be swayed by circumstances if you do not have a plan or purpose for yourself. And when this is the case, you often find yourself loosing grip of your life thereby giving way to emotional breakdown or depression in some cases.

Having identified some of the ways to avoid emotional breakdown, how do we find emotional balance in keeping our minds healthy and stable?

  1. Exercise regularly
  2. Be in control of your mind

Finally, you’ll be surprised how your emotions affect your health. Have you ever been anxious about something and you won’t stop purging? Have you ever been scared and your guts feel out of place? Have you ever been so in love and everything just feels right inside? Did you ever wonder how these intangible feelings affect your organs physically? There has been some proven correlation between our emotions and health. Let’s share some of them.

While your liver is weakened by anger, it is also strengthened by compassion.

While your heart is weakened by stress, it is also strengthened by joy.

While your stomach is weakened by worry, it is also strengthened by support.

While your lungs is weakened by grief, it is also strengthened by respect.

While your kidney is weakened by fear, it is also strengthened by trust.

It’s not always as easy as it sounds but you need to take control of your mind to better your health for now and on the long run. Stay healthy!

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5 thoughts on “Emotions & Health Connects

  1. Great stuff Buki, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    It’s amazing how much our state of mind can effective how we physically feel. That is why I enjoy practising mindfulness and this helps me to stay calm and deal with the stresses that life brings my way. I do this by meditating 20 minutes daily and by regularly taking to time stretch.

    I love the 7 tips you’ve set out. I completely agree with you that it is so important to take time to love yourself and to not judge yourself or your emotions. We are not our thoughts.

    Loving the content, keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    PS – On a related note, I’m on the hunt for feedback for my new show The HERO Podcast! It’s all about creating healthy habit. The episode with Derek Doepker may be of interest to you where he discusses how to make lasting changes. You can check it out (and maybe leave a short review if you like) here: http://apple.co/2kjNoGN

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