Emotions Affect Our Health

In the 17th century, French philosopher RenĂ© Descartes believed that, when a person experiences emotions – happy, sad, angry, etc., the body’s inner valves open up to release fluids like bile, phlegm, etc.
A human can make over 10,000 facial expressions to express a wide variety of subtle emotions.

Reasons that Lead to Positive Emotions

  • Moving to a new house
  • Getting married
  • Getting a new job
  • Getting a promotion
  • Having a baby
  • Having a child/sibling return home

Happy events lead to a flood of positive emotions – happiness, excitement, pleasure, satisfaction, etc. Emotion is associated with the heart because it leads to irregularity in blood flow, heartbeats, etc. However, when this happens due to controlled positive emotions, the heart remains healthy. These emotions have a positive effect on the entire body.

Happiness

Positive emotions can affect the heart, and make it healthy and strong. Being happy and blissful contributes to contentment, satisfaction, and warmth. It makes us want to smile and laugh. Joy, happiness, and laughter facilitate easy blood flow to the heart and lowers blood pressure. Sharing happiness, smiling, laughing, being grateful, etc., increases happiness manifold, which is good for the heart and small intestine.
Care and Affection

Sympathy, affection, kindness, care, and empathy are positive emotions that affect heart rate, i.e., they help normalize the heart function. Spending time with loved ones lowers blood pressure. Compassion, gratitude, and generosity affect the health of the liver, gallbladder, and the eyes. A spate of these emotions keeps these organs running in perfect order.
Love and Trust

Love is the fundamental emotion that no human can live without. At any time, age, or situation, people love to fall in love. Platonic crushes, adolescent excitement, mature love, or deeper commitments – each one makes a difference to one’s health. It’s comforting to know that, there’s always someone for you, someone to care for, to trust, and be trusted. Love, trust, honesty, support, and fairness are said to strengthen the functions of the spleen, heart, stomach, and pancreas.
Physical Intimacy

Physical intimacy – the expression of love and passion plays a very important role in our health. Hugs are great stress relievers – hugging people releases dopamine and oxytocin, and relieves stress. Holding hands is said to soothe the nerves and lower blood cholesterol. Meeting someone you are crazy about can literally set your blood racing, increase heartbeats, and raised palpitations. Love in all its forms lowers the risk of a heart attack.
Courage

Righteousness, calmness, truth, integrity, silence, gentleness, courage, etc., are emotions that sum up how ideal and ethical a person is. Depicting these emotions is said to strengthen the kidneys, bladder, lungs, ears, large intestine, and the skin. One can make out the difference. Staying calm and courageous increases the flow of positive energy through the body, and boosts the immune system.
Reasons That Lead to Negative Emotions

  • Suffering an illness/injury
  • Dealing with someone’s death
  • Marital problems/divorce
  • Being unemployed
  • Experiencing money problems
  • Having a child leave home

Sad events lead to a torrent of negative emotions – tears, anger, grief, fury, etc. At such times, the brain sends signals to the heart and other organs that something is wrong. An organ-energy connection depicted here – negative emotions impair organs and reduce positive energy flow.
Worry

Worry, tension, mistrust, and anxiety may severely affect the stomach, spleen, and pancreas. It is manifested by digestive problems – loss of appetite, inability to excrete, vomiting, etc. Worrying or being upset unnecessarily can take a severe toll on the digestive system.
Anger

Anger has been the root cause of negativity since forever. Irritation, annoyance, anger, frustration, envy, fury, etc., are emotions that’ll harm the liver, gallbladder, and the eyes. It is manifested by reduced bile production, excess cholesterol, and reduced detoxification.
Fear

Fear is an emotion that can practically finish off one’s self-confidence, happiness, and belief. Fear, anxiety, terror, panic, dismay, cowardice, distress, etc., leads to cold feet, trepidation, and phobias, and affects the kidneys, bladder, and ear functioning. It is manifested by nervous disorders, disinterest in sexual life, abdominal pain, etc.
Grief

Experiencing sadness, grief, and depression, especially after a trauma or the death of a loved one, can put immense load on the body. To deal with the fact that a loved one has gone, is traumatic and painful, and it affects the mental health of the person too. These emotions affect the lungs, heart, large intestine, and the skin. It is manifested by breathlessness, lung disorders, constipation, etc.
Stress

Stress is the biggest contributor of bad health. It is also associated with emotions like impatience, dislike, hate, cruelty, etc. Stress primarily affects the heart and the brain. The heart’s electrical stability is affected, and so is the immune system. It is manifested by increased heartbeats, palpitations, chest pain, high blood pressure, etc.
Impact of Poor Emotional Health on the Body
Your body reacts to the way your mind senses work; it reacts to how you see, smell, feel, think, and act. This is called ‘the mind-body connection’. Whenever you undergo an emotional change, your body exhibits physical changes. People who have balanced minds and a fairly good emotional health are aware of their thoughts and feelings. When certain events disrupt their lives, positive or negative, their bodies react in a different manner. Excess of anything is bad, so there should always be a balance between the good and bad changes. It is up to the person to decide how much he/she lets the event affect him/her. When one suffers from poor emotional health, the body depicts most of the following signs:

  • Headache
  • Body ache
  • Backache
  • Loss/gain in appetite
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Chest pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue

How to Massage Helps Stress Relief

Massage therapies and techniques for stress relief are age-old practices that continue to this day. However, we assume that the only place where they are available are expensive spas and parlors. In fact, these techniques can easily be practiced at home. A relaxing rub down can do wonders for a worn out and tired body.
The Benefits

  • Stress causes tension in the joints and muscles, making them stiff. A good massage can help you unwind and make your muscles and joints more flexible. It also helps one to identify the areas of maximum tension in the body, thereby enabling you to nip various problems, such as those of the back and other areas, with various techniques.
  • Since this therapy helps one relax, it also helps those, who have insomnia. It soothes and calms the nerves, thereby enabling good sleep. Lack of sleep can result in a myriad of health problems, so a good massage is essential for anyone suffering from the same.
  • A regular massage helps cure the stress that results in wearing away of the body and mind over a period. Since stress has become an inevitable part of all our lives, getting such a therapy aids us in identifying its magnitude and thus, effectively combating it.
  • n addition to eliminating stress, it also enhances blood circulation throughout the body, and releases endorphins which give us a general sense of well-being and positiveness.
    The Technique

    For a massage to be effective, the most important role is that of the environment in which it is given. Ensure that the area chosen for the therapy is quiet and soothing. You may play some light music in the background. Light up the room with scented candles; avoid harsh lights, and use aromatherapy oils for massaging, for a better effect.
    Now, follow these steps for a soothing massage :

  • To begin with, pour some oil on your palms and begin the massage on the back, from the shoulders to the lower back (to be able to spread the oil across) by holding the hands side by side with fingers together, and rubbing the back in a gentle circular motion.
  • Next, knead the affected muscles with the base of the palm. Push the base hard into the affected area in order to provide maximum relaxation. Be sure not to hurt the muscles. This technique is effective for stiff and sore muscles, especially in the back, legs, and buttocks. It thoroughly relaxes the muscles and eases the effect of stress on the body.
  • Lastly, on the stiffer areas, use both the thumbs or index fingers in a circular motion, for about 10 seconds, to release the tension. This process can be repeated a couple of times, till a feeling of relaxation is experienced in the body. Repeat step one to complete the massage to give an overall sense of calm.

Though these self-massage techniques are useful for the body, some parts such as the back cannot be effectively rubbed down by oneself. As such, it is better to provide this guide to a friend or family member, who can do it for you and help you achieve desired results. Perform some overall body stretches after the therapy to sustain the effect. Do remember not to get a massage if you have consumed alcohol at any time in the day, if you have fever, or if you have just eaten something.

Never consider this therapy as a luxury or something that only the rich can afford. These techniques combined with aromatherapy, you can give yourself and your dear ones an effective, natural stress buster, which they will be eternally thankful for!

How to Living a Long and Healthy Life

Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” How true is that! Life, in literal terms, revolves around breathing. Breathing commences at birth and ceases only at death. But what happens in between? In between, there is a life to live. A commitment you made to yourself the day you came into this world. Living longer also means, living a life to its fullest. Lifestyle plays a huge role in determining the life expectancy of an individual.

Healthy Diet
A change in your diet helps to go a long way. Statistics show that 75% cardiovascular diseases, 60% of women’s cancers and 40% of men’s cancers are related to nutritional issues. Eat the right kind of food to live a vibrant and happy life. Having a balanced diet is very essential to increase the longevity of life. Having the right amount of vitamin E, is known to keep your heart healthy. It is also an antioxidant which releases the toxins from your body. Omega-3 fats , monounsaturated fats, vitamin B and all the other organic food items are age-defying nutrients. Thus, always buy what is healthy for your body and not what looks yummy.

Wine as You Dine
Red wine has resveratrol, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants, throw out all the harmful toxins from your body. They also prevent the free radicals from damaging the cells. This makes you look younger, as it protects your body from aging. Drink a glass of red wine a day to keep the doctor away for sure!

Smile the Miles of Life
Ever wondered why do happy and optimists live longer? A research shows that those who have a happier outlook towards life live seven and a half years longer than the worried lot. Make a small positive change in your life everyday. Try and phrase every sentence you speak as an affirmative sentence and not a negative one. The universe is like a mirror, the more negations you send out, the same will be reflected. Smiling and laughter are the key to a fulfilling life.

Say Your Prayers
As kids we learn to pray before we eat and sleep. Gradually, praying loses its meaning under the garb of ‘I don’t have time for trivial issues’. Saying your prayers gives you an opportunity to exercise your mind just you exercise your body. Praying to the supreme power, cleanses your mind of all the negativities trapped inside for a minute or two. Those minutes, revitalize your mind for the day ahead. So praying isn’t that trivial, huh? Additionally, entering the house of worship also increases your life span by seven to 14 years. Begin with praying so that He too hears you out!

Gratitude the Best Attitude
How many times do we thank people around us for making us who we are? Rarely ever! Showing a heartfelt gratitude towards someone not only brings happiness to you, but also to the other person. The happier and thankful you are, the longer you will live.

Exercise Everyday
Physical activity is the best way to keep your mind and body healthy. A healthier body has better chances of living longer. Do a few simple exercises everyday to improve your flexibility, strength and for being fit. If you have children, take them out to play and play along with them. Indulge in group games, which will keep your mind occupied. Yoga is another form of effective exercise that calms your mind, body and soul.

Sleep Well
Sleeping is an essential part of healthy living. Sleep deprivation effects on the body show gradually. They can be very severe at times. You must get 7 – 8 hours of sound sleep everyday.

Have More Sex
Studies have shown that sex releases certain hormones in the body. These hormones help an individual to cope up with loneliness and depression. Making love is also the best way of bonding with each other, relieving stress and easing out mental tensions. The touch helps an individual to evolve normally and live a happy life.

Meditate
Meditation is essentially connecting with yourself. Meditation is a proven way of exercising your brain and soothing it. Vipassana meditation and Zen meditation will provide you with incredible insight into a healthy life.

There you go. Hopefully, these tips will help you live a life that’s long, beautiful and bright. In totality ‘happiness’ is the key to living long. I have found mine, it’s time you find yours!

Tips to Stay Healthy

So, rather than aiming at a balanced diet or a balanced workout or techniques to balance your mind; one needs to find a balance between all these three factors for healthy living. Here are some tips on staying healthy physically and mentally, which I have personally tried and tested.

How to Stay Fit Physically?

Diet

Try to eat as much as fruits and vegetables as you can. Fruits and vegetables provide enzymes to the body, which help to absorb the nutrients from your meal which is your main course. Drink as much water as possible throughout the day. The requirement of water is 1 liter per 45 pounds of weight. Try to eat as many types of cereals you can. Keep enhancing your diet plan by learning about different healthy foods.

Exercising

There are very few people who will go for exercising to maintain their health. Mostly people will initiate in some exercise due to weight loss or some other health problem. No matter which type of exercise you take up, whether it is just walking or jogging try to follow it regularly. The best exercise in my opinion is swimming which is almost injury-free, boosts metabolism, helps to build lean muscles, and improves flexibility.

Advanced Tips

If you are suffering from some health condition, which is as minor as the common cold or something serious like a sports injury, then try to understand the causes behind the health condition and try to avoid the causes, rather than popping pills to treat the health condition. For example, to avoid common cold load yourself with vitamin C rich food (Indian gooseberries, amla is one of the best source of vitamin C). To prevent any muscle soreness or injuries, make sure you do a good warm-up before any exercise and perform stretching after the workout.

How to Keep Yourself Healthy Mentally?

Breathing

Deep breathing is not only good for your lungs, but also can be used to calm your mind. Many meditations involve breathing as a technique. Just breathe your way out through stressful situations. By which I mean, take a deep breath whenever you get stressed, and breath out. Repeat it around 10 times.

Meditation

There are various techniques of meditation. Instead of following a spiritual or religious person, try to experiment with different techniques of meditation, and then whichever you feel suits you try to practice that technique for an hour a day. The various techniques for meditation are tantra, yoga, Zen, vipassana, Tibetan, Buddhist, etc.

Take a Break

This is something which everybody needs and should use for stress relief. Whenever you think something you have become overloaded with your work, studies, or responsibilities take a break. Plan a small vacation alone or with a friend or go to a garden and switch off your cell phone. Just forget everything and enjoy watching the trees, birds, people, etc.

It will not always be possible to follow these tips on a daily basis or regularly. So, try to eat as much healthy food as possible, get around 20 minutes of exercise minimum, whether it is just plain walking or climbing stairs, and try to learn some meditation and practice it for minimum half an hour a day.