Having emotions and knowing how to express them are part of a healthy state of emotional wellness. On the other hand, not knowing how or being afraid to express emotions and therefore keeping them bottled up inside can be detrimental to your physical wellness. So how does emotional wellness affect physical wellness, let’s explore this topic together?
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How does emotional wellness affect physical wellness?
Emotions affect us in ways we may not realize. Not only do emotions affect relationships but also our behavior and our overall health. Especially negative emotions which when not dealt with can lead to elevated levels of stress.
It’s important to be aware of your emotional state. Living in a constant state of emotional unrest can cause a whole host of both physical and emotional problems and you may not even realize that it’s happening to you.
I used to pride myself on my ability to just roll with the punches like I never let anything get to me for too long, and I certainly never let things bring me down.
I thought I was strong and people who couldn’t deal with stress were weak. I’m not proud of my past self for having these thoughts because I couldn’t have been more wrong. And to be honest, it’s kind of embarrassing to admit it to you, but hey there it is.
If I had to pick one thing I’ve learned in life is that you can’t change the past, so there’s no point in regretting your past decisions, just vow to grow and be better going forward.
Because here’s the thing, over the past couple of years, my emotional health has deteriorated significantly.
I remember saying to my husband “I feel so down all the time and I don’t know why”(depression), or “I can’t motivate myself to do anything except sit here on the couch and watch TV”(avoidance).
I had no idea why I was feeling this way and even if I had known it was something that I could fix, I wouldn’t of had any idea how to go about fixing it.
In January 2020, I began this unexpected journey to wellness. It began without me even consciously realizing that’s what I was doing.
It has developed into this life-changing journey, one that I will continue to improve and nurture for the rest of my days.
That’s why I say, and I really can’t stress this enough, being aware, consciously aware, of the state of your emotional wellness is vital to your health, both mentally and physically.
Because, if you’re unaware there’s a problem, you can’t fix it. Then you’ll continue down a path to poor health, depression, or worse.
So let’s talk about stress and why it’s important to keep your stress levels low.
Stress is both emotional and physical. It can cause a plethora of health issues.
Here is a list of ways stress affects your body:
- A lack of concentration
- Worry or having racing thoughts
- Feeling unmotivated
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sleep problems
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Heart palpitations
- Rapid breathing
- Stomach aches
- Compromised immune system
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fertility problems
- Irregular periods
That’s a pretty hefty list.
Are you surprised by this list? Or maybe a better question is, how many of the symptoms are you currently experiencing?
If you have more than three of these symptoms on a regular basis, I urge you to take a hard look at your emotional well-being.
4 Steps to improving your emotional wellness
- Identify your emotions and your emotional state
- Analyze each of these emotional side effects you’re experiencing and try to determine the source.
- Brainstorm actionable steps you can take to help alleviate the stress you’re experiencing which is causing these problems.
- Keep a journal or a log to help you stay focused on relieving stress and engaging in tranquil hobbies or activities.
So to answer the question, how does emotional wellness affect physical wellness, the answer is, in all ways.
Don’t wait another day to start resolving your worries and downsizing your stressors. Your future self will thank you.
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