🔑KEYS TO UNMASKING EMOTION
Harboring unaddressed emotions inside us, is one way to eat away at ourselves! While it is normal to feel a wide array of emotions, how we deal with them is what can make them a positive or negative experience for us. For example, in times of sadness, it is often beneficial to pay attention & listen to our sadness as opposed to choosing not to feel it & burying it away. By welcoming this emotion, we can inherently learn that such emotions are actually a necessary reaction to our experiences, and are in fact, not negative in nature! By remaining open to each portion of our growth (through embracing both our darkness & our light equally) & training ourselves to manage these necessary reactions to our environment, we exercise & strengthen our "emotional intelligence.” As a result, we can build the courage to face any emotion that may have previously been eating away at us! As humans, we experience emotions through physiologic responses in the body (e.g., increases or decreases in heart rate; cutaneous blood flow (blushing or turning pale); piloerection (goosebumps); sweating; & gastrointestinal motility (butterflies)). Numerous studies have established that emotion systems prepare us to meet challenges encountered in the environment by adjusting the activation of the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neuroendocrine, immune & autonomic nervous system (ANS). This link between emotions & bodily states serves as one example of why taking time to exercise our ‘emotional intelligence’ can have a positive impact on our mental, physical & spiritual health! With this in our minds, lets make the intentions to face our emotions head on this week! Happy Monday! Follow @medspiration for more!
Written by Student Doctor: @medspired ©11/20/2017 All Rights Reserved.
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“While you are on a sincere pursuit of happiness; do not be swayed from engaging in self reflection & healthy self-criticism!” This research was published in the National Library of Medicine: (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK10829/) .
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