Chased by a Tiger? The Biochemistry of Negativity
Negative emotions do more than make you feel bad psychologically. They also change your body chemistry, and not for the better. This is what happens:
Every time you feel negative emotions your body responds as though it is being chased by a hungry tiger. Digestion, elimination and healing shut down so that all energy can be directed toward keeping your senses alert and your heart pumping with the goal of getting away fast. Sure, nobody wants to face the threat of a hungry tiger, but at least that would be a temporary concern – once the tiger is gone you can resume your peaceful existence until another tiger shows up.
Unfortunately in today’s world negative emotions can be the rule rather than the exception. We often hold onto these feelings long-term, so our bodies really never get the chance to rest and regenerate. Instead, time passes and the emotion festers, wearing down the body internally. Rather than recognize it and deal with the feeling at its very core, we stay occupied, sometimes excessively so, in an attempt to forget about it. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t forget. Tension mounts – even over the smallest things, the immune system weakens, there is insufficient energy for detoxification, causing damage to organs and tissues until your body regains enough energy to push out waste and toxins, breathing becomes shallow and does not supply enough oxygen to your blood and organs, and digestion becomes problematic.
If you find yourself stuck in negative feelings like anger, resentment, fear or even guilt, do what it takes to move beyond that. Use deep breathing, counseling or other healing techniques such as meditation or yoga to change your perspective and get to the bottom of it. Your long-term health depends on it.
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