Stress, Anxiety and Depression Are the Enemy of Good Health
There’s more to the eye of being healthy than by just watching how much we eat. There’s a lot of ‘hidden’ stuff that we need to be aware of too.
I do get exasperated when the public get the blame for unhealthy lifestyles. If we eat too much sugar it’s because we’re addicted. If we eat too much fat, we are obese. And this is true of course it is – we can’t blame anyone else. But what I can tell you and I know this to be true. Is that the food and drink industry get away with plenty. Check out the sugar content of a loaf of bread for example. In fact much of the food we eat is loaded with fat and sugar – no surprise that people become addicted to it.
So we find our foodstuff isn’t as healthy as we thought. There’s loads of food stuffs that we thought were healthy, such as yoghurt, that are loaded with sugar. Next time you shop check the container for sugar and fat content, become more aware what you put into your body and your family. It’s not just sugar, sometimes if the sugar content is low then the fat content is high. So look closely at the ingredients to decide what you can live with.
‘Hidden’ ingredients in our food chain isn’t all to be considered. We get lots of statistics about heart attacks and how much it costs the NHS each year and smoking has been well documented about the dangers both hidden and otherwise. But what I don’t hear much about from the health industry is the cost on human health of those three conditions mentioned above. Stress, anxiety and depression. I believe these factors are hidden from view. So we’ll hear about heart attack and how lifestyle plays it’s part. But how often do you hear of how stress, anxiety and depression are part of the problem in our lifestyles. How often? You hear enough about smoking. You hear enough about drinking. The consequences and effect it can have – the sheer havoc it can inflict upon society.
But where do you hear and learn about the devastating effects of stress, anxiety and depression. These are potential killers just as much as heart attacks and cancers. It’s about time society got to grips with Mental Health problems and begin to offer solutions instead of heaping blame onto the heads of the public.
The good news however, is by using the techniques shown by yourhealingsandyourfeelings.com you don’t have to wait until the professionals catch up. You don’t have to wait months for an appointment. Recently I heard of a Mum whose 14-year-old son was found playing around the railway tracks with one intention on his mind. His friends were so concerned about him they contacted the police who took care of him and returned him to his family. The downside was when she tried to make an appointment for him to see a suicide counsellor she had to wait months for the first available appointment.
Fortunately, you don’t have to face that with what you’ll learn here.
What Effects Can Unresolved Emotional Problems Have on Your Body
Untended damaged emotions can be the root cause of modern dis-eases. The effect that stress, anxiety and depression can have on your body is undeniable. Not only your body but your soul too. We’re not just physical beings, but physical, mental and spiritual.
The following are a list of physical symptoms which may have their origin in emotions.
Looking at a list of body functions affected when women or men hold in their emotional baggage is staggering:
- Constipation or diarrhea, as well as stomach pain/ulcers
- Back/Neck pain
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain or loss (eating disorders always have an emotional aspect)
- Sexual problems
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cancers (for example, pancreatic cancer may present with depression before the patient is symptomatic with cancer)
If you want to read more here’s the link: experts/mary-jo-rapini/5-ways-unpack-your-emotional-baggage-and-heal-your-body
Author Louise L Hay in her book, Heal Your Body has gone as far as giving a list of diseases of the body linked to a possible emotional root cause.
Shamanism is thought to be around 10,000 years old and is currently enjoying a revival in the west as it’s increasingly being included into western medicine and practice. So the thoughts and ideas of emotional healing being connected to what happens in the body has been around a long time.
Introducing Holistic Healing
In the context of healing damaged emotions and spirit, holistic means whole. It means bringing the damaged parts of your psyche into a whole, returning your personality to a healthy, wholesome state. It’s ultimate meaning is perfection. And we can strive towards perfection as a goal. We might not achieve that goal this side of eternity but it’s enough to enjoy the journey!
So holistic means whole – healing is returning the mind, body and spirit to form a whole being. Each time you get hurt emotionally or spiritually a part of you fragments. The fragmentation process continues throughout your life. To heal the broken parts and reform the whole is the aim and object of healing.
This is what we’re about at Your Healings and Feelings. We are three-dimensional. Mind, Body and Spirit. There’s absolutely no point treating one without treating the other.
What Will You Learn?
There are three skills you can choose to learn, you can learn one of them or, all of them, the choice is yours, the skills are:
- Journaling [updated as electronic journaling is available online]
- Creative Art therapy
Plus I offer you a personal counseling service that you can benefit from any time you like. I don’t leave you alone after throwing new ideas at you.
I am a qualified crisis counsellor with many years experience and I can help you if you need it.
How Do You Benefit?
The most obvious benefits are your health. You will contribute to your own well-being and overall good health. All three techniques will help to lower blood pressure, lower anxiety levels – meditation is especially good because once you get the hang of it, you can meditate in almost any situation – just quietly to yourself and you’ll see a lowering of stress levels as you begin to understand the power at your disposal.
One of the overwhelming benefits I found was the impact it had on my life when I realised I didn’t need to be afraid anymore. Before I learned these skills I would be too afraid to face any confrontation at all, I didn’t know how to cope with it and I was frightened of hurting people through saying the wrong thing, or acting inappropriately, or getting hurt myself. So I avoided all confrontation.
Now I can deal with problems positively, I still don’t like confrontation, but I’m not frightened by it, and through using the techniques I learn a way of handling the problem which I feel comfortable with. And the fear just melts away. It’s made a profound difference in my life to have and own that type of control.
Do you identify with anything I’ve written about? Do you suffer from anxiety/stress/depression. If you do I understand how miserable it can make you feel. Sometimes it got so bad for me, I didn’t want to go out anywhere in case I had a panic attack and died – I was afraid of that happening and nobody would know who I was.
When you are in the grip of a panic attack all kinds of ideas rush your mind and you’re so afraid of what will happen to you.
Let me know in the comments below if you identify with these things – or if you don’t – not everybody is the same. Your story might be different, but share if you want to, how much or how little is up to you. I’d love to hear from you, any feedback will be good.
Take care until next time remember,