is an important part of our overall health. Today anxiety and depression are the most common complaints next to fatigue for health care providers. Whether we deal with everyday stress or a serious disorder, there are many tools we can use to help ourselves.
WHAT ARE EMOTIONS?
”An emotion is a feeling such as happiness, love, fear, anger, or hatred, which can be caused by the situation that you are in or the people you are with.”
“Emotion is the part of a person’s character that consists of their feelings, as opposed to their thoughts.”
WHY DO WE HAVE EMOTIONS?
Emotions are a part of our internal guidance system. They tell us when we are on track and when we have deviated from the best course for our self. In the same way that our nerves will indicate when we are exposed to something that is harmful to us – like a hot stove, emotions get our attention when something needs to be changed. If we listen and make changes early on, the emotions subside. However, if we aren’t present enough to catch this guidance early on, we hold on to emotions that can get “buried” or more difficult to sort out.
Emotions are very important in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each of the main organs in our body are associated with an emotion. Even in our western culture we are beginning to share this concept on a very basic level, we know the ‘gut’ acts as our second brain and that stress is very toxic to our health.
In TCM here are the five main emotions and the organs that resonate with the same frequency:
|Grief + Depression||Lung, Large Intestines|
|Worry + Nervousness||Spleen, Stomach|
|Anger + Frustration||Liver, Gallbladder|
|Happiness + Joy||Heart, Small Intestines|
HOW DO EMOTIONS AFFECT OUT HEALTH?
Emotions are a normal part of our human existence. They serve the important function of guiding us through life. However, when these emotions are excessive, repressed or turned inward, they have a detrimental affect on our health. It is often noted that the organ(s) connected with the emotion will often times will
It is a two way street. Sometimes if the organ is not functioning properly it may cause, increase the associated emotion. The other is also true. If we have intense emotions or repress them, the organ in question will pay the price.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO FEEL BETTER?
It is helpful to pay attention to our thoughts. What are the thoughts that lead me to this feeling. Now, I know that sounds simple, but we tend to think thoughts so often that they become a belief and we aren’t even aware of the original thought. You will need to do some digging on this one, but it is worth it.
Essential oils in general are very helpful for emotional health. They have direct access to the limbic portion of the brain, which controls heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance.
A number of foods have been linked to stressful emotions; wheat/gluten and schizophrenia, dairy and anxiety, etc. An elimination diet for 5-7 days can give you an indication if this food may have an effect on you physically or emotionally. Talk to your health care provider or Naturopath for more information.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As always it is best to work with your health care provider regarding any mental health issues or concerns.