Emotions

Emotions

Emotions
Medical science recognizes a mind-body connection and that your emotions may affect your body's physical health. Being down or depressed can cause fatigue, aches, and pains. If you are having problems and are also stressed, it's a good idea to let your doctor know. This can be part of the diagnosis. Seeking an emotional balance and developing some resistance to bad feelings can be an important step to improved health. Techniques to improve your emotional health can range from medication to talking with an advisor, eating healthfully or exercising.

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    True happiness is the ultimate feeling of freedom. You experience the freedom of choice when you live from the inside out, not allowing your happiness to be defined by the traditional benchmarks, but creating your own. Listening to your own inner voice and trusting your choices will lead you to a life of happiness.
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    A , Psychology, answered
    Sometimes it's easier to get mad than to admit that your feelings are hurt or that you're really scared. But masking other emotions with anger is not a positive way to cope with a situation, and it can actually be harmful. Until you deal with your underlying feelings, your anger may continue to grow.

    This list represents some feelings you may have masked with anger:
    • hurt
    • depression
    • fear
    • greed
    • stress
    • shame
    • anxiety
    • frustration
    • loneliness
    • jealousy
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    A , Health Education, answered

    The basis for happiness is a sense of contentment and gratitude for our gifts and blessings, and a satisfaction of fulfilling our life's purpose through employing those gifts and talents in order to be of service to others selflessly and with unconditional love. For many of us, this is a tall order but it is not necessarily something that is experienced continuously in perpetuity. (No one is constantly happy all the time!) We may see inconsistent or periodic glimmers of this basis of happiness depending upon our life circumstances, relationships, or creative expression. The optimism for experiencing happiness is what motivates and inspires us. 

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    For the most part, we are convinced that our happiness or unhappiness is the result of external circumstances. If everything is good, we'll walk around all day in a state of continual bliss. But if things get a bit rough, misery is our lot. This belief is based on the assumption that emotions are involuntary and inevitable. And they can be - if we go on living in a merely reactive way. But while most of what happens to us is outside our control, the one thing we actually determine is how we choose to respond to life's events. There is nothing inherent in any situation that necessitates a specific reaction from us.

    You will realize that it doesn't feel like a choice. Emotions, like thoughts, have a way of materializing out of thin air. We didn't ask to be angry or scared or depressed. But once a feeling shows up, we can either indulge in it or let it go. The fact that you have a particular impulse doesn't mean it needs to stay with you. There's almost always another way you can interpret what you're going through.

    The whole "silver lining," "glass half full" approach to adversity is a cliche because people actually live that way. Choosing happiness is not about living in denial. It's about living in and loving the present moment regardless of what that moment looks like. That's emotional freedom.

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    Remember, bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. You are more likely to experience emotional shifts than the average person. As a person diagnosed with a mood disorder, you know the importance of attending to stressors and frustrations in order to prevent triggering a manic or depressive episode. An effective preventative step is to discuss your emotions regularly with those within your support system, which of course includes your romantic partner. Remember, your partner cares about you and has already established a willingness to support you. Do not be afraid to process your emotions and thoughts before they become overwhelming.

    Communicating your concerns as they arise, particularly those related directly to the relationship, will prevent these concerns from growing into a full-blown conflict. You might think that stifling the issue will result in its disappearance, but this is a misconception. The problem will fester within you, and not only will the relationship be at risk, but so will your mental health. Again, ignoring stressors is an easy way to trigger your mental health symptoms. This will only add fuel to the fire, and your relationship will likely be jeopardized. Voicing your concerns along with your satisfaction is a way to express continued respect for your partner and the relationship itself. It is a sign of sustained investment in the relationship, and it shows continued involvement with the other. Remember, you can always recruit your outside support system for guidance and assistance. However, your romantic partner is most likely your strongest support, so do your best to use this support on a continuous basis.
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    Hurting people and allowing them to feel bad is a special skill subset in handling emotions. We can’t avoid hurting people’s feelings. The best we can do is to be aware when we do and try (at least initially) to do it as gently as possible. The rule of thumb is as follows: It’s okay to hurt another person’s feelings if you are doing it in the service of taking care of yourself. Therefore, if someone is disappointed because you can’t do something for him, so be it. If someone is hurt because you’re not who she would like you to be, tough toddies. Life isn’t fair, for you, me, or anyone else and we all must learn how to get over unintentionally hurt feelings.

    Another aspect of this issue is allowing people to feel bad no matter what the cause: Loved ones die and we grieve, we don’t get all the things we want in life (kids, fame, jobs, life partners, the Nobel Prize), people come and go in our lives, love doesn’t last, etc. You take care of yourself when you let people experience their feelings. It’s not your job to put a Band-Aid on every boo-boo (except with children and, even then, children need to learn how to manage disappointment and hurt). Every adult has to learn how to take care of his or her own feelings. Another rule of thumb: If somebody has to hurt, please let it not be you.

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    A laughter club is a social organization devoted to practicing laughter yoga. It also serves as a form of social support for its members. There are more than 6,000 laughter clubs in 60 countries.

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    We all experience fear. It’s a natural emotion that’s essential for our survival. Fear (and the emotional part of the brain from which it originates) is designed to protect us from danger. But even good emotions can sometimes go bad or run a little wild.

    For some, fear occurs more frequently or intensely than it should, or it happens in situations where it’s less adaptive or just doesn’t seem to make sense. Fears and phobias can stop us from doing things that are important to us, and can prevent us from living to our potential.

    Mastering our fears can be a very difficult task but is well worth the effort. Through this process we become stronger and more confident. As we free ourselves from our fears, we become better able to live in accordance with our values, to explore new possibilities for our lives and to develop into the person we would most like to be.

    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Here are some things you can do to improve your mental health, help your heart, and lengthen your lifespan:
    • Stretch it out! I do yoga every day. It keeps me calm, focused and fit. Exercises like yoga raises levels of endorphins, which relieves stress and gives your brain the feeling of pleasure.
    • Take your omega-3s! Our body needs them to function. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids impact heart health by reducing triglyceride levels. However, in addition to helping the heart, it also helps with depression and low mood. Many psychiatrists recommend it for their patients for depression. You can increase your omega-3s with a supplement or in your diet by eating more salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts.
    • Get more sunshine! Inadequate sunlight is a common cause of depression (called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD), which should be considered if your depression is worse in the winter. If you suspect a connection between depression and the time of year, you may benefit from a certain kind of lamp. Talk to your doctor about this.

    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    Even when you don't feel like it, the simple act of smiling makes you feel better. A response called facial feedback indicates that when you smile, you send a signal to your brain that says, "I am happy." Additionally, if you're smiling, you're likely to seem more approachable and happy to others -- and people are more likely to smile back.
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