There’s a lot of information out there about how your emotions affect your body. But what about the other way around? What happens when you have a physical response to an emotional event? As I am writing this blog post, I sit here with both my forearms in pain.
My right forearm was already in an unexplained, acute discomfort for a few weeks, and while I was trying to get the problem diagnosed, I fell over the stairs and injured my other forearm too.
Now, what are the chances of both your forearms being paralyzed by excruciating pain at the same time? Very few.
Still, it’s happened to me, and that made me think of the possible reasons behind this.
Since I am a person who is very interested in the connection between one’s thoughts, emotions, and the functioning of the body, I began thinking about this problem along those lines.
A few moments of reflection made me realize that I had been in the middle of some emotional turmoil for the past few months, and those turbulent emotions made me feel really vulnerable. Since the forearms represent “protection” ,it was not hard to understand the connection between my inner world and its manifestations in my body.
Louise Hay, one of the pioneers in self-help, has talked about this subject in great details. In her books, she explains how negative emotions made her a victim of cancer, but since she was smart enough to realize the connection of her emotional states with her disease – she cured herself by working on her thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions.
“The mental thought patterns that cause the most disease in the body are criticism, anger, resentment and guilt.”
– Louise Hay
A wealth of scientific data and spiritual data now suggests that mind and body are deeply connected and that is why different emotions impact the different parts of the body in one way or the other. So, today we are going to explore this relation in greater detail and we will try to understand how certain vital organs in our body suffer at the hands of our imbalanced emotional states.
The Most Common Human Emotions and Their Influence on the Body:
1) Anger and the Liver
Anger is one of the strongest emotions we humans are capable of experiencing. This emotion is caused by strong resentment towards someone or perhaps something who/which we feel has been unfair to us.
While a little bit of anger helps us get things done, when this emotion becomes habitual – it starts impacting our liver.
Also, the feelings of repressed anger may cause damage to the liver as all those negative energies become stagnated around this vital organ which leads to health problems that would require serious medical intervention.
2) Fear and the Kidneys
Fear is a natural biochemical response of our body in the face of circumstances that could be dangerous to our well-being. Fear is a pretty useful emotion that has helped us survive and grow our species over the centuries, but too much fear is not favorable to our bodies.
Fear impacts our kidneys, the gallbladder, and associated organs. Leaving this emotion unchecked and unattended can eventually lead to kidney failure.
3) Grief and the Lungs
Sadness or grief is another emotion that most of us feel from time to time. Grief is often felt as a result of a loss (the literal loss of a loved one or even an important relationship) in your life.
Many of us store sadness (in our bodies) from traumatic events in the past and never think of letting that go.
This is when that sadness starts killing us, and its first major target is usually our lungs. Our lungs’ optimal functioning can rapidly deteriorate in the face of chronic grief, and it may lead to severe problems down the lane.
4) Overthinking and Stomach
Have you ever felt a knot in your stomach when you worry too much? It is the negative energy being accumulated in your stomach as a result of your overthinking.
An over-analytical mind is the main culprit behind this vicious habit of overthinking, and many people indulge in overthinking regularly without ever noticing the detrimental impacts it may have on their organs. Excessive worrying upsets the regular functioning of our stomach, and as a result, healthy digestion is compromised.
5) Joy and the Heart
While joy is a positive emotion and it really benefits the heart’s health, things go awry when a pleasant emotion of joy turns into mania.
Mania is an excess of joy or good emotions, and our body doesn’t like anything in excess (be it a positive emotion). The human body is a fragile balance of all things, and that is why an excess of joy will do more bad than good for our heart health.
6) Spine and the fight-or-flight response
Our spine is literally the part of the body holding everything together, and a healthy spine lies at the core of a healthy body.
The muscles of our spine, however, are impacted and weakened over time if the organism lives in a state of fight-or-flight.
The fight-or-flight response is an involuntary reaction of our body when we are faced with a life-threatening situation. When this response is triggered in the body, it prepares all the major muscles to prepare for imminent danger, and most of these muscles stem out from the spine. So, an excess of fight-or-flight response leads to weakening of the muscles, and since the spine also stores the stress experienced by the body, it loses its original capabilities over time.
7) Emotions and Immunity
A number of recent scientific studies have concluded that negative emotions pull the body out of homeostasis, increase inflammation and thus make it more susceptible to the attacks of foreign bacteria or viruses.
The negative emotions engage the vital organs and systems of the body, which means that defending the body against foreign agents becomes a second priority. This is when the body lets its guard down, and then due to compromised immunity, even a small infection, bacteria, or virus can wreak havoc inside the body.