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How Negative Emotions Can Affect Your Health

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  • Every feeling you have affects some part of your body. While positive emotions such as gratitude have been scientifically linked to a number of beneficial health effects, negative emotions and stress can wreak havoc
  • Certain emotions are known to be associated with pain in certain regions of your body. For example, depressed individuals will often experience chest pains, even when there’s nothing physically wrong with their heart
  • A biochemical cascade occurs during a bout of anger. Adrenaline and noradrenaline are released, raising your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate. Blood is pushed to your extremities, including your face, which may turn red
  • To maintain or regain emotional control at this point, you need to engage your prefrontal cortex — the area of your brain that controls complex cognitive behavior, willpower, decision making and judgment
  • Scientifically proven ways to strengthen your prefrontal cortex and improve your self-control include eating a healthy diet, getting enough quality sleep, exercising regularly and managing daily stress. Brief daily meditation has been shown to increase activity in the prefrontal cortex in as little as eight weeks

By Dr. Mercola

Did you know that every feeling you have affects some part of your body? While positive emotions such as gratitude have been scientifically linked to a number of beneficial health effects, negative emotions and stress can wreak havoc — especially if you're not exercising or eating right, as both of these can ease pessimism and help keep stress in check. 


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