Health and Negativity ~ How Negative Emotions Can Harm Your Health

sadness_anger_happiness_Our negative thoughts can wreck havoc on our physical and mental health.  While the effects on our mental health are obvious, most of us ignore or do not  understand how negativity takes a toll on our physical well being. We all know  that negative emotions add to our stress levels, we are also aware of the fact  the prolonged anxiety and stress can lead  to heart diseases and many psychological problems, but what we don’t understand  or are perhaps unaware of is the fact that negative emotions have physical  manifestations on our health! Feelings like anger, insecurity, anxiety, jealousy  etc can not only trigger aches, pains, or illness in the body but can also  hamper our recovery.

To be able to understand how our negative emotions affect our health we need  to be aware of the symbolism of our bodies. For instance our face symbolizes our  outer appearance i.e. what we show to the world, any problem with the face would  mean that we hold negative thoughts about how the world perceives us. Similarly  our eyes represent our ability to see and perceive, a problem; poor vision may  mean that we are stopping ourselves from acknowledging the truth or seeing  things as they really are.

The following are some simple examples which illustrate how our negative  feelings may be affecting our health:

  • When we do not express ourselves freely or are unable to stand up for  ourselves it may affect the throat. The throat represents our ability to speak  up. Any stifling of self-expression, creativity or our feelings can lead to  problems like tonsillitis and sore throat. When the inability to express oneself  is combined with bottled up anger it can lead to even more serious throat  problems like laryngitis.
  • Our hearts symbolize our ability to love; heart problems could therefore be  the result of holding yourself back from expressing love, self-loathing,  negative self-talk and thinking, feeling you do not deserve to love or to be  loved, resentment and hatred.
  • Our backs ‘support’ our bodies, any problems with the back could mean  feeling scattered, fearing over-burdened with problems or fearing that life may  not support you. A problem with the upper back could be related to stress or  feeling your loved ones are not supporting you and lower back problems could be related to financial worries  (feeling “unsupported” financially).
  • Our stomachs symbolize our ability to digest and assimilate. When you can’t  accept (digest) a new idea or experience, your stomach may show symptoms.  Indigestion problems could be related to not accepting change, new ideas,  situations, or people in your life.

Using these examples as guidelines can help to understand the symbolic  meaning of every body part. Once we understand this symbolism we can probe  deeper into every illness and see if it’s cause lies somewhere in our thought  process or if our thinking pattern is in any way hampering our recovery.

Andrew  clinton –    About the Author:

Online expert on various topics

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