There have been significant gains in research regarding the effects that the natural chemicals our brain produces and releases into our body when it comes to our emotions. If you follow Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work, his books Becoming Supernatural and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself go in great detail on how the human mind body connection works so beautifully in tandem. So it’s normal and our right to feel happy and joy on a daily basis. And it’s alright to feel guilty, boredom, hate and impatience too, but it’s not normal to feel that way for an extended period of time. Constantly feeling bad takes a huge toll on our bodies. It’s amazing that we humans have the capacity to feel such a broad range of feelings but sitting with these negative feelings is like having an inconsiderate house guest over and not sure when they will ever leave. Did you know that our brain releases a natural chemical cocktail into the body every time an emotion is felt? Good or bad? It travels throughout the body for a couple of hours? Kind of like an IV drip coming from our brain. This makes sense because when we’re hurt or catch a cold, it does the same thing by releasing our very own chemical cocktail of antibodies to heal a wound or fight infections. Chemicals specific to our own body.
When you really take the time to think about this, feeling constant anger towards someone or worrying about something is poisoning our system. Why would we do this to ourselves? It’s because we don’t know any better, sometimes feeling anger in a situation that we have no control over feels really good. Our brain wants to stay there in that feeling because it keeps us safe or we need a surge of some sort of stimulation to keep our emotional addictions thriving. Our brain wants to solve logical problems, as well as keep our body functioning and memory storage. Our ego wants to justify why we are right and feel validation rather than take the higher road and let go. When we stay in the state of worry for more than a few hours, days, weeks, months we are putting our bodies through chronic stress every time we start thinking about that certain someone or situation that puts us there.
We experience two types of stress with the body. Positive stress or eustress and negative stress or distress. Eustress is short term, like speaking in front of a crowd or planning a wedding. This is the good kind of stress because our bodies return to our natural self, feeling balanced and possibly even empowered once the situation is over with. Distress is chronic or continuous, experiencing worry or sadness because of a death in the family. These longer term stresses lead to disease, that are possibly incurable. As a side note: I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t take the time to grieve for someone you care for. You take as long as you need. I just don’t want you to dwell in sadness just to dwell in it, that is where things gets serious.
I’m hoping now that you know spending time in negative emotions can truly do damage to our body, looking at it from this perspective may get you to manage your emotions better? That who you spend your anger on won’t be the guy who cut you off in traffic because he is not worth getting ill over. I could tell you to meditate or breath mindfully but this is temporary relief. Getting to know a little more about the reasoning behind all of this gives you the power to make choices on managing your emotions. Striving to be happy is healthy! Take care of yourself.