Are Negative Emotions Making You Sick?

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the profound connection between our emotions and our physical health. We often compartmentalize our mental and physical well-being, treating them as distinct entities. However, emerging research suggests that the line between mind and body is much blurrier than we might think. In this article, we’re going to share the link between your emotions and your aches and pains or disease.

Roots Of Disease

I’ve been working as a strength and conditioning coach for almost 30 years and now, after having so much experience in helping to heal injuries and regain their health, I’ve come to realize that most injuries and health issues occur due to programming.

Programming means the way our brain was wired to think, feel, and act in childhood.

Yes, we need strength and conditioning, a whole foods diet, some form of cardio, meditation, and breathwork, but just doing those things alone is like scooping water out of a boat that has holes in it.

Instead, we can go upstream to see where the holes are coming from and reprogram our mind to plug those holes up once and for all.

I was recently listening to Gabor Mate on JRE. He was explaining how being nice can literally kill you. This took me by surprise. I have always been the “nice guy” and go out of my way to help everyone.

To think that all my working out, clean eating, time on my yoga mat would be for nothing just because I am selfless didn’t seem right.

About the same time, my wife and daughter were putting out blogs on the Enneagram and I was learning what it meant for me being an Enneagram 2.

From a young age, I gained attachment and acceptance from my mom by helping her around the house and with my younger siblings.

As a child, we need attachment. We want to be bound to our parents, but if for some reason they’re in a stress state, or they are absent or aloof, you end up creating thoughts and behaviors to keep you safe and make you feel important.

For me, my brain thought, “If everyone likes me, I will be safe.”

This meant that I fell asleep to my emotions of anger, frustration, or sadness and would bury them deep down in order to stay likable.

In addition, I experienced trauma as a child. This also wires the brain to be on the lookout for danger at all times, keeping us in a state of high alert.

In this fight, flee, or freeze pattern, we become addicted to certain emotions and they tend to run on repeat throughout our life.

In my case, I would swing from being aloof to being overly kind and serving others.

The role of epigenetics:

Did you know that a single gene can have 2000 different expressions? And that your body naturally creates stem cells all the time? And that there are studies showing that practicing gratitude 3x a day for as little as 4 days can increase your immune function by 50%?

While genes do encode some instructions for building and maintaining our bodies, it is actually epigenetics that impacts our health more.

Our daily habits and lifestyle choices have a profound impact on our health, but most of that is learned behavior from our parents or society.

Our relationship with exercise, our mindset or perception, and how we process emotions typically stem from what we were told as children.

And until we question them, we can’t change them. We end feeling like victims and don’t realize that we can create health purely by changing our emotional reactions and shifting them to be more positvie.

Could Negative Emotions Cause Disease?

The origins of disease, injuries, and chronic pain, can all be tied to your past. Whether you have an attachment wound or a past trauma, that energy was trapped and crystalized in your body at the cellular level.

It impacts how you think and feel and sends a message to your hypothalamus which connects to your vagus nerve which talks to every single one of your organs.

If you’re pissed off and angry in traffic, that’s going to your GI tract, your liver, your heart, your lungs, and it’s not doing them any favors. So be aware of what’s going on in your mind before you go schedule that surgery or fill that prescription.

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The Mind-Body Connection:

The concept of the mind-body connection is not a new one, but the depth of its implications is only now beginning to be fully understood. Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions can have a powerful influence on our physical health. Chronic stress, for example, has been linked to a myriad of health issues, ranging from cardiovascular problems to compromised immune function.

The Gut-Brain Axis:

Recent research has shed light on the connection between the gut and the brain, known as the gut-brain axis. The gut is often referred to as our “second brain” due to its extensive network of neurons. Emerging evidence suggests that the state of our gut health may influence our mood and emotions, and conversely, our emotional state can impact the health of our gut. This bidirectional relationship emphasizes the need to consider both mental and physical factors when addressing overall well-being.

Watch the video below to better understanding how your emotions can make you sick and pave the way for a healthier and more resilient future.

Holistic Approaches to Well-being:

Acknowledging the profound connection between emotions and physical health opens the door to holistic approaches to well-being. Incorporating stress-management techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, and regular exercise can positively impact both mental and physical health. Additionally, seeking support through coaching can be instrumental in addressing underlying emotional issues that may be contributing to physical symptoms.

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Conclusion:

The idea that emotions can make us sick is not just a metaphorical expression; it reflects a fundamental truth about the intricate interplay between our mental and physical states. Taking a holistic approach to well-being, recognizing the impact of emotions on our health, and adopting proactive strategies to manage stress are essential steps toward achieving optimal health. By fostering a balanced mind-body connection, we empower ourselves to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

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