Saturday, February 13, 2016

The effects of intense emotions

Emotions, particularly intense emotions send our body into overdrive and can cause complex physical responses.  When we're angry our heart rate increases, adrenaline flows and blood pressure spikes.  Anxiety is a shockingly complex disorder, and one that can completely change your body's chemistry. The stress that anxiety puts on your body can lead to a host of different issues. One of the most common is stomach pain but it can also lead to vomiting, nausea or diarrhea.  Anxiety releases epinephrine, which causes the body to produce extra levels of stomach acid. That acidity causes the lining in the esophagus to become irritated, and this can lead to not only stomach pain, but also nausea and vomiting. Due to the extra acids in your stomach if anxiety is left  untreated it can lead to additional health concerns.  
Learning how to regulate our emotions more effectively will drastically improve these intense feelings.  Follow these tips when your emotions are on overdrive to help regulate your body; 
*Eat healthy - include fruits, vegetables, water, whole grain carbohydrates in your regular diet  
* Breathe deeply
* Exercise
*Take a break and do something that you enjoy
*Visualize yourself facing and conquering your fears
* Get support from family or friends
*Make a plan as to how you are going to tackle the problem and feel in control again
* Rest and recharge
* Try peppermint tea, ginger, crackers, toast or whatever comfort food helps calm your upset stomach


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