by Pallas Hutchison
Still on the topic of stress, let’s look at emotions. Did you know that they can have a psychosomatic effect on the body? That means emotions can create a physical change. Sometimes, this is a good thing. Forcing a smile can improve your mood because it causes both dopamine and serotonin to release in the brain. Serotonin and dopamine are pleasure hormones. On the other hand, “those suffering from depression will often experience chest pains, even when there’s nothing physically wrong with their heart” (Mercola).
Imagine this scenario: Someone you care about dies. You grieve. While you’re grieving, you develop a medical condition. You get scared/upset/angry and you still grieve. Your condition gets worse. You get depressed as well as scared/angry/upset and you still grieve. It’s a vicious downward spiral, leaving you feeling out of control emotionally and physically. The cycle has to stop somewhere. There has to a point where you take control of your life again. There is a link below to several research articles done to validate the concept of emotions having a psychosomatic effect. I’m not trying to sell the idea to you. I’m more interested in how to combat the cycle.