Emotional Health = Physical Health: 10 Ways To Feel Great!
"The root cause of 85% of illness is related to emotional or psychological issues."
-- Dr. Norman Shealy, MD
The intimate connection between body, mind, and spirit has been known and honored in Eastern medicine for millennia. But only relatively recently have we begun to see that emotional health is directly connected to physical heath.
Now we know: Neglect your emotional and spiritual health, and sooner or later it will take a toll on your physical body. Thousands of Western studies have now finally proven this mind-body connection.
Yet many people have not yet made this connection or been exposed to the power of this information. However, as the information discovered by quantum physics continues to become more widespread, more and more people are starting to understand that at our root level we are energy beings. Thus, energy has a big impact on how we feel, heal, and thrive in our environments.
We're finally beginning to see the human being as not just a body that is machine-like and gets “fixed” when it breaks, but a complex energy field that is constantly interacting with its environment on a multi-dimensional level. Thus every single disease comes only after enough emotional, mental and spiritual imbalance has occurred within and was not addressed.
Here are a few tips for maintaining emotional balance:
1. Maintain good physical health.
This point is so basic it's often overlooked. Our physical health affects our emotional health much more than we realize. Make sure to eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
As Virgil said: "The greatest wealth is health."
2. Learn to release anger and let go of grudges.
Vent if you have to then shake it off. Walk it off. Harboring anger or ill feelings builds emotional toxicity, which ultimately affects your overall health.
"For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness." -- Anonymous
3. Be aware.
Look for the hidden message or lesson in negative or difficult situations. Learn from them. Experiencing adversity is meant to alert you to something or teach you a new skill.
As legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre said, "Life deals you a lot of lessons, some people learn from them, some people don't."
4. Keep your brain active.
Don't let complacency or boredom set in. In order to feel alive and vibrant, we need to keep our minds active by learning new things and challenging ourselves.
"If I had to live my life again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied could thus have been kept active through use." -- Charles Darwin
5. Stimulate your senses.
As well as keeping your mind active, enjoy beautiful art, listen to music that lifts your spirits or try a new gourmet dish. Our senses need to be reawakened every now and then too.
"Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age." -- William Blake
6. Have fun and don't take yourself too seriously.
Balance in life is important for maintaining emotional health. Too much emphasis on work causes stress as well as wear and tear on the body and mind. Take time off; go to the beach, the park or a movie to take your mind off your current quandaries. Chances are when you come back you will see things from a fresher, more productive perspective.
"I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it." -- Jack Handey
7. Maintain supportive relationships.
Maintain good relationships with friends and family for much needed feedback, a shoulder to lean on or a different perspective. Often we get so caught up in our own problems and misery we can't see the forest for the trees. Having an objective pair of eyes and ears can give you a whole new way of thinking.
"Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings." -- Miles Franklin
Donate your old clothes, furniture or items you don't use anymore to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or charity of your choice.
It will make you feel good, first by helping someone out and secondly by cleaning out your closets and basements of 'stuff' you haven't put to use in a long time.
"For it is in the giving that we receive." -- St. Francis of Assisi
Take some yoga classes, learn to meditate or incorporate a relaxation technique into your routine. Besides having fun and not taking yourself too seriously, it's a good idea to integrate tools for relaxation into your routine for those times when life gets somewhat overwhelming. Having many methods to fall back on ensures emotional well being.
"If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun or relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it." -- Herodotus
10. Learn to have gratitude for exactly where you are.
How many times have we heard that life is too short? We get so caught up in the whirlwind that we forget to live in the present moment and realize how lucky we really are. And in those times we're not caught up in the whirlwind, we're worrying about the future. It's time to slow down and enjoy the now!
"Life is a memory except for the present moment that goes by so quickly you hardly catch it going." -- Tennessee Williams
Choose to take good care of your mental and emotional health. It can determine the quality and enjoyment of how you experience your physical body and everyday life.
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