This podcast with Christine Martin, Counsellor & Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner from Rippleffective explores the impact emotions have on the rest of our body, our physical health, mind and spirit. ‘As much as we try to run away from uncomfortable emotions, they catch up with us in one form or another. Bottled up emotions are stored in our body and mind and if we try to numb them out, they can show up as physical or mental symptoms.’ Christine talks about the importance of tuning into feelings, caring for them and processing them to help keep our mind, body and spirit aligned and healthy.
‘Emotions like anger, fear, guilt, anxiety, sadness, resentment, jealousy, depression, and stress can manifest within the body and contribute to imbalance and disease, says Dr. Jennifer Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE. For example, you are likely already familiar with the way that fear can contribute to digestive upset, or how tension can lead to headaches. Stuck or repressed emotions appear to be especially harmful to physical health. One study showed that people who repress their emotions are more likely to have disruptions in the normal balance of the stress hormone cortisol compared to people who freely express emotion. Over time, chronic psychological stress can change the way the body functions at a hormonal and immunologic level, contributing to the development and progression of cancer and cardiovascular disease.’