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How Do Emotions Affect the Human Body and Cause Diseases

Chitrangada has a keen interest in alternative therapies. As a parent and teacher, she shares her real-life experiences with readers.

Be happy and the World will seem wonderful!

Be happy and the World will seem wonderful!

Take Care of Your Emotions, Before They Take Control of You

Anita was immensely upset, because of the unexpected behavior of one of her closest and most trusted relative. Truly, it seemed, as if someone had back stabbed her. She was not able to come to terms with it, no matter how much her loved ones tried to comfort her.

The result was, that she was feeling totally sick and developed certain health issues as well. She had to visit the doctor, only to be warned by him, to come out of this emotional blackout, or face more serious consequences.

She took the right decision of following the doctor's advice, for the sake of her loved ones and herself.

It took her a long-long time to recover from that emotional upheaval, but thank God it did help. She changed her attitude towards these frequent emotional ups and downs of life. She started developing a positive attitude towards life. She started letting go.

Quotes:

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

---Joel Osteen

Be positive

Be positive

What is Emotion? What are Positive and Negative Emotions?

Physical movement of our body, is by our choice to do so. But emotions are internal turmoil of our feelings, which may not be by our choice.

Emotions are formed due to the mood, whether good or bad, love, excitement, sadness, grief and so on.

One may, or may not have control over emotions. They can arise in our sub conscious mind, almost all of a sudden.

It‘s difficult to understand, exactly these emotional feelings, how they overpower us. But one thing is sure, that they are a result of the circumstances or happenings around us.

Many of us learn, how to deal with it, while others are not able to do so, causing great damage to their general health.

Positive Emotions:

  • Happiness,
  • Compassion,
  • Excitement,
  • Enjoyment,
  • Merriment etc. cause positive emotions.

Negative Emotions:

  • Fear,
  • Anger,
  • Jealousy,
  • Self pity,
  • Revengeful feelings,
  • Depression,
  • Stress etc. are the result of Negative emotions.

Quotes

If you don't think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.

---Kris Carr

What is the solution to tackle emotional upheavals?

  • We have to understand that we should not feel emotionally low or stressed out, by thinking about the circumstances, which are beyond our control.
  • Whatever has happened, or is inevitable, those circumstances must be dealt with patience and calmness.
  • This will reduce pressure on our vital organs such as the heart, the nerves, the brain and the digestive system.
  • We should develop a positive mindset, because everything does not happen, as we plan them.
  • We should keep ourselves engaged, physically as well as mentally.
  • Engaging in creative activities, such as music, art, sports, exercises, yoga, social service will help to keep the negative emotions away.
  • Meeting people, making friends, talking about your inner fears to them, helps a lot in these circumstances.
Take control of your emotions!

Take control of your emotions!

How does our body get affected by our emotions?

Some parts of our body have the tendency to get more affected by our emotions.

When we face criticism, arguments, jealousy, some kind of test or examination or interview etc., or other stressful or anxious moments, then there is an emotional turmoil, and we have to take more work out of our body.

  • There is a greater flow of adrenaline in our blood.
  • You start breathing fast. You have increased heart rate and palpitations.
  • Some of our vital systems, like digestive system and blood circulation, gets badly affected.
  • Your neck and shoulder muscles get stiff.
  • Your Oxygen requirement increases.
  • Fear affects the kidneys as well.
  • If one is stressed for a long time, it affects the lungs as well.
  • Our brain regulates our entire body. A little excitement, also results in some chemical changes in our body, and negative emotions affect the brain and the body together, adversely.

How do negative emotions affect our human organs, source: YouTube

Quotes:

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they're big, flashing signs that something needs to change.

-----Gretchen Rubin

Deep breathing exercises to calm down negative emotions, source: You tube

Control your emotions, before they control your health.

Control your emotions, before they control your health.

Nothing lasts forever!

Everything is temporary, even your emotions!

--Author unknown!

Effect of negative emotions on the digestive system:

Negative emotions have a great negative impact on the digestive organs, such as Stomach and intestines.

It can also give rise to Osteoporosis, that means lack of bone density due to decreased Calcium.

If negative emotions remain present for a longer time in an individual, then it leads to formation of acids in the stomach, thus leading to digestion related problems such as acidity and ulcers.

Effects of negative emotions on our Heart:

Negative emotions can also result in Heart related diseases.

Psychological pressures can happen to anyone. Very highly placed individuals or very mediocre individuals. While the former has the psychological pressure to retain his position in society, the later might be the victim of his own low position in the society.

As such, negative emotions like anxiety, stress, competition, jealousy, self pity, low self esteem, inferiority or superiority complexes, lack of patience, feeling of pride etc. can affect the Heart health, in both extreme cases.

Mental Agony:

Mental agony can cause great damage to the nerves in our body. Mental pain is much more difficult to deal with, as compared to the physical pain.

Strong emotions can pressurize an individual, thus causing stiff nerves.

This results in nervous disorder, which is very difficult to tackle.

What kind of people get affected by mental illnesses?

Very emotional people, who think with their heart and not mind; those who think too much about the consequences, their decisions may have on their loved ones, might always live in a state of fear, anxiety and tension.

This also prevents them from taking decisions and solving issues.

All these lead to psychological pressures, causing pain, headaches, stomach upsets etc.

Anxiety and Tensions:

Insecurities and fear may cause anxiety. But sometimes, anxiety is habitual and some people are anxious, even in favourable circumstances.

This kind of habitual anxiety, may be due to a mental disease.

Music calms you down, source: You tube

Mind - body connection, our emotional health. Source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 04, 2017:

Thank you Peggy Woods for reading and commenting on this article!

You are right—it’s important to focus on positive things. A conscious effort must be made to Keep oneself busy in constructive activities. Walking, exercising, meeting people can help as well.

Thank You once again for sharing your valuable thoughts on this subject!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2017:

This is an important topic because we all need to reduce the stress that comes with living in a healthy manner. I find that walking in nature or even gardening can be therapeutic. We all must learn to focus on positive things and avoid negativity as much as possible.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 19, 2015:

Thank you k-swarup, for reading and commenting!

Glad you found the information useful.

k-swarup on February 19, 2015:

Very vital information! Useful for all ages i believe.

Thanks for sharing it!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 28, 2015:

Thank you PegCole17, for your kind visit and comments!

How easy it becomes to deal with the problem, if we know the cause and solution of it. We must remind ourselves that these are temporary issues and will be over soon. Health is most important and should be taken care of.

Thanks and all the best!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 28, 2015:

Thank you Pamela99, for your kind visit and comments!

Sorry to learn about your problem. I am sure that by remaining positive and engaging in activities which keep you away from negative thoughts, everything will be fine. With meditation and singing you are on the right path.

Thanks again for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 28, 2015:

Thank you AudreyHowitt, for your kind visit, comment and share!

Glad you liked the hub!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 27, 2015:

You are so right to emphasize the importance of controlling our emotions and steering clear of the negative ones. Feeling a tad bit stressed today over a business transaction, but will listen to the music video and grow peaceful. Thank you for an informative read.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 27, 2015:

This is an excellent hub. I have Lupus and I realized a long time ago that when I got really stressed I would go into a flare-up. I don't let many things bother me now, but I listen to music a lot, pray and use meditation, which all help. Voted up and shared.

Audrey Howitt from California on January 27, 2015:

Very useful and important I think--emotions carry so much energy--

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you 2besure, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Your quote from the Bible is so true and relevant. Its important to keep our thoughts healthy.

Thanks for appreciating the hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you MarleneB, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

I am glad you realize the damage, negative emotions can do to our mental and physical health. Therefore we must get rid of them as soon as possible and deep breathing is one of the method of doing so.

Thanks for appreciating the hub, your votes and for your insightful comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you lovedoctor926, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked this hub, the information and the tips.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Phyllis Doyle, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Glad you liked this hub as useful. You are right that negative emotions can be very dangerous for our physical and mental health.

Many thanks for all the kind words of appreciation!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Audrey Hunt, for your kind visit and appreciation!

Yes we should not be in control of negative emotions and get rid of them before they affect our health adversely.

Glad you liked this hub and thanks for voting up and sharing!

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on January 26, 2015:

Very beneficial information! There is a scripture in the Bible that says, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." We must be determine to keep our thought life healthy

Marlene Bertrand from USA on January 26, 2015:

It amazes me how much impact negative emotions have on the body. When I start to feel overwhelmed, I try to remember that whatever is happening in my life is only a moment in time. I like that you included the deep breathing video. That is another wonderful tool to help relax the mind and heal the body.

lovedoctor926 on January 26, 2015:

Useful information & tips. thank you for writing on such an important topic as this.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 26, 2015:

Chitangrada, this is a wonderful and very useful article to help recognize what emotions can do to us physically and mentally. Very well-written and formatted. Thank you for writing this hub.

Voted up and sharing.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 26, 2015:

Our negative emotions affect our health - I know that for sure. Deep breathing is a wonderful way to purge negativity and allow positive energy to enter the body.

Only we can control our emotions. What a good message you have brought to all of us.

Thank you and I will share.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 04, 2014:

Music therapy is an excellent way to turn down negative emotions and who better to know this than you, being in the music field.

We must have control on our emotions, before they have an adverse impact on our health.

Thank you MarleneB, for reading the hub and sharing your positive thoughts!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on December 04, 2014:

This is such valuable information for helping people understand negative feelings and how to cope. Deep breathing is a wonderful idea. I also find that whenever I am having trouble shaking off a negative situation, I turn to music which is good for helping me get back to a positive state of mind.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 25, 2014:

Thank you aviannovice, for reading and commenting!

Good to know, you approve the idea of this hub. Thanks!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 24, 2014:

Unless we control our emotions, you are so right about the possible outcomes.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 06, 2014:

Thank you vespawoolf, for your kind visit and positive comments!

You are right that there is a mind-body connection. We must control our emotions, before they take control of our health.

Glad you liked the hub. Thanks!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 05, 2014:

This is a good reminder of the mind-body connection. Emotions definitely do affect our health, something that Chinese medicine has addressed for centuries. I agree that we have to get our emotions under control and learn to rid ourselves of negative emotions. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 01, 2014:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

It takes some patience and perseverance to master one's emotions but the good thing is that it can be done.

Thanks!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 31, 2014:

There is definitely a mind body connection. Learning to master one's emotions and self-soothe instead of allowing them to dominate you is a fundamental task that begins very early on.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 31, 2014:

Thank you suzettenaples, for your kind visit and positive comments!

I agree completely that meditation, music, nature walks are perfect to keep us positive and shed off negative emotions, if any.

Glad you liked the hub! Thanks!

suzettenaples on October 30, 2014:

What an excellent hub. You have hit every point I know about emotions and how they affect the physical body. I choose meditation and listening to music to calm the emotions. Also. Being out in nature-taking walks all help to keep emotions in check. Excellent article with excellent suggestions. I enjoyed reading this.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 29, 2014:

Thanks Dianna, for your visit and continued support!

I had my share of great emotional upheavals and have learnt from experience that living in a constant state of anxiety, does affect our health badly. That was long back--now I keep myself busy mentally and physically, whenever such situations arise. Because if there is life, there will be issues. But thank God, they are temporary!

Thanks again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 29, 2014:

Thanks Nithya, for your visit and positive comments!

Negative emotions do a lot of harm to our health and if not controlled in time may lead to serious health issues.

Glad you liked the hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 29, 2014:

Hi Nell!

Thank you so much for reading and providing a positive feedback! I wish your brother comes out of his emotional anxiety. It definitely affects health in an adverse manner. All of us go through this once in a while. Better to learn, how to manage it calmly.

Thank you for voting up and sharing!

Dianna Mendez on October 29, 2014:

I loved the Seventh Heaven music, it certainly does help one feel peace. I believe emotion does affect our health and can cause disease. I have learned through much trials that peace comes from keeping positive and balancing your faith. Great topic and you covered it very well.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 29, 2014:

Great hub about how emotions affect our body and wellness. Negative emotions takes us on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs and wreaks havoc with our physical and mental state of mind. Interesting and informative hub, voted up.

Nell Rose from England on October 29, 2014:

Hi, nice one chitrangada, I totally understand this as my brother is in a constant state of anxiety, long story, and he definitely has health problems that go along with that, such as palpitations and skin problems, wonderful hub, voted and shared, nell

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2014:

Thank you travmaj, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

I am glad you liked the hub and the videos.

We all face it once in a while. Even I had my share of emotional upheavals. It took me sometime, but then I completely changed my attitude of dealing with such situations.

Many thanks for your appreciation!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2014:

Thank you very much sparkster, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked this hub. Even I have had this difficult emotionally upsetting phase in my life. We all face it sometime. But the sooner we come out of this, the better for our health.

Thanks for sharing it!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2014:

Thanks denise.w.anderson, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

You have a deep understanding about emotional health of individuals, as is reflected in your writings and your comments mean a lot to me.

Many thanks for appreciating the hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2014:

Thank you Devika, for your visit and support!

You have a very positive approach towards life and that reflects in your writing. I am glad that you liked the subject of this hub.

Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2014:

Thanks billybuc, for your encouraging words.

And I can see that--you keep yourself too busy to let negative emotions bother you. Keep it up and always be happy! Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2014:

Thank you Jodah, for your kind visit and appreciation!

Yes, we must try to manage our emotions, positive or negative, to avoid health issues.

Thanks for your support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2014:

Thanks Ericdierker, for your visit and positive comments!

I am glad you liked the hub and I agree with your views. Thanks!

travmaj from australia on October 28, 2014:

Absolutely true and so meaningful. I have first hand experience of seeing negativity take control with resulting health problems. With mental pain it can be difficult to change the mind pattern to positive. Thank you for this and for the videos - most appropriate.

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on October 28, 2014:

Great hub, excellent info and very well designed. As a survivor of over a decade of narcissistic abuse I think this will be a valuable article to share with my followers. Thank you!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on October 28, 2014:

Negative emotions can wreak havoc with our minds and bodies. These are great suggestions for getting them under control and dealing with them before they get out of hand. Great hub!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 28, 2014:

Truly amazing! Our emotions have a lot to do with the reactions to ourselves. You have thought of an interesting and useful topic. Voted up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 28, 2014:

I believe strongly in this. Well done Chitrangada. I am convinced that part of the reason for my good health is my attitude towards like, and the fact that my principle emotion is happiness.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 28, 2014:

Wonderful and important hub Chitrangada. We all need to know how our emotions effect our health. Voted up.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 28, 2014:

Excellent hub and one everyone should read. We must find a way to master our emotions or they will master us is a very true notion.

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