The Link Between Our Emotions and Immune System.
Has there ever been a more important time for your immune system to be working at it’s best?
Feeling stress and negative emotions in the middle of a pandemic, during the fight for social equality and in the midst of a heated political climate seems like a no-brainer. The world we live in these days seems to be designed to promote negativity and divisiveness. If you are not feeling some stress right now, you must not be living on the same planet as the rest of us. What you might not realize though, is the link between our emotions and our immune system. The negativity, anger and anxiety that we are all marinating in right now is horrible for our immune systems and overall health.
Our reactions to life can have far reaching effects on our health. Dr. Fulvio D’Acquisto, Professor of Immunology at the University of Roehampton reports this: “When we feel emotion, the immune system immediately registers the change and adapts to it. For every change in the way we feel or live, there is a mirror correspondence in the immune system.”
This can be for better or worse. Multiple studies have shown that negative stress and emotions reduce our lifespan, suppresses our immune system, raises the risk of a cardiovascular event, reduces memory function and increases inflammation in our bodies, among other negative implications.
Positive emotions have shown the opposite results: people live longer, they are happier, have healthier immune systems, better memories, reduced inflammation and shorter healing times after injury.
What can you do during times of such extreme stress and hardship?
Crying relieves our bodies of countless toxins and hormones that contribute to elevated stress levels.
Let your emotions be what they are. Part of improving our resilience is grieving the things we’ve lost. Allowing yourself to feel your emotions will help you to move through them more quickly and come out the other side having grown and become more prepared for what life brings next.
Talk or journal about what you are feeling.
Have a good social network and use it/strengthen your interpersonal relationships.
Try to find the positives/what you are grateful for.
Tune in and find out what’s best for you right now. This is not a “one size fits all” situation.
Exercise and eat right.
Get enough sleep.
Forgo the temptation to numb out. This can be difficult, especially now when it seems there is a new wrench being thrown in at every turn. Unfortunately, numbing out with alcohol (and other means) will only prolong your negative feelings.
Get help if you need it. The grand majority of people are struggling in one way or another right now. It’s a smart idea to have as much help as possible.
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