In our fast-paced and highly stressful world, it can be difficult to control our emotions. However, it’s important to note that not controlling your emotions can have a significantly negative impact on your physical health as well. This is because our emotions are deeply interconnected with our physiology, and when we hold onto intense or negative emotions like stress, anger, or fear, our bodies react with a “fight or flight” response, sending hormones and chemicals that can cause an array of physiological and psychological symptoms.
The most immediate physical effect of uncontrolled emotions is increased heart rate and hypertension. When we feel emotions like fear or anger, our heart rate and blood pressure soar, and if this becomes chronic, it can lead to a variety of health problems like heart arrhythmias and heart attacks. Additionally, being in a constant state of emotional unrest can also lead to a weakened immune system, meaning that we are more susceptible to getting sick with colds, viruses, allergies, and more serious illnesses.
Moreover, when we keep our emotions in check, we tend to make healthier lifestyle choices like engaging in physical activity, eating nutritious foods, and getting adequate sleep. However, when we struggle to regulate our emotions, it can often have a direct impact on our health, leading us to make poor dietary and lifestyle choices that can not only further increase our emotions, but can also lead to serious physical ailments like diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity.
Finally, strong or prolonged emotions like anger and fear can be associated with an increased risk of developing mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which can also lead to increased physical health issues as well.
In summary, it is incredibly important to practice emotional self-regulation in order to reduce the risk of physical health issues. Although it can be difficult to control our emotions in a stressful world, there are a number of relaxation techniques, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation, that can help us keep our emotions in check. Doing so can not only lead to reduced emotional distress, but can also help us lead a healthier, longer life.