Everyone has heard the saying “He/she died of a broken heart”, or, “someone was worried sick”, but scientific research is confirming that there is an actual link between your emotional state and your physical health. Studies on survivors of sexual abuse and those suffering from PTSD suggest they have elevated levels of stress hormones, as do students at exam time. It appears that, when we are under stress, the brain signals to have the body produce more adrenaline and cortisol, which effects the nervous and immune system as well. Stress can also over-activate the immune system resulting in an increased risk of autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, eczema, hives asthma and acne.
In these groups of people, and others, who are experiencing loneliness, anger, trauma and relationship problems, infections last longer and wounds take longer to heal. However, having fun with friends and family seems to have the opposite effect on our immune systems. Social contact and laughter have a measurable effect for several hours. Relaxation through massage or listening to music also reduces stress hormones. It seems we have all heard of people that fell ill with cancer after a very traumatic event in their life. It all makes sense when you think about it.
Since it is so important to keep your emotions and thought life healthy, it is always a great idea to talk about the things that cause you stress and grief. We all know that talking about it usually makes us feel better. This could be a trusted friend or relative or, if you are lacking such a person, an insightful counselor. Here at Shambhala Wellness we have numerous, experienced counselors to help you. Please visit our website at http://shambhalawellness.com/ to see a list of our counselors. If you click on their name you will be able to learn more about their experience and specialty, as well as their contact information. And don’t procrastinate, your body will thank you for it!