One day you wake up not wanting to do anything, with a disturbing feeling of heaviness. You have trouble moving your legs and arms. You may have gone through a difficult period in your life: perhaps a loss of a loved one, or problems with your partner or children, or a boss who demands too much of you and does not appreciate your effort.
You have been strong and you have resisted for a long time, but you are receiving signals that you cannot take it anymore. You may be exhausted … but emotionally, even if you feel it in every inch of your body, through your irritable bowel, or your headache, or your fatigue. We tend to believe that the mind and emotions are one thing and that our body is another, but the fact is that they are all part of the same system.
Did you know that more than 50% of illnesses have an emotional origin? Negative feelings such as anger, sadness, envy or fear over time hurt your body, generating, as a consequence, mental and physical illnesses. What can we do to prevent it?
Recognize your emotional state of mind: As we already know, the first step to solving a problem is to recognize that it exists. It also assumes that emotions, positive and negative, have their own function. It is not wrong to feel sad from time to time. The problem arises when you repress or mis channel that feeling (against yourself or the people around you).
Get rid of what takes your energy away: if it is your relationship, go to therapy. If it’s your boss, find other ways to relate to him / her. If it’s money problems, reinvent yourself to generate more income. Get out of the vicious cycle of negative energy, do what it is within your control to achieve it.
Disconnect and free yourself: the internet and the media can be really helpful, but they can also be sources of stress and negative emotions. On social media, stay away from negative profiles, gossip, fights and useless discussions. Only follow people and companies that inspire you and make you feel good. And once a day, at a set time, turn off your cell phone and focus all your senses in your real life, on something that makes you happy (meditation, exercise, hobbies, quality time with your people).
Find a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy: this is one of the best techniques out there for treating emotional exhaustion, and other related conditions such as depression and anxiety. Learn to invest time and money in yourself without guilt, which is another damaging emotion.
The opposite is also true: If negative emotions cause illnesses, positive emotions (joy, gratitude, serenity, love, hope, etc.) help you live longer, better and happier.
For more tips on how to promote positive emotions in your life, find me on my social media @lauraposadalifecoach.