8/12 The Effects of Emotions on the Body

In my times as a Counsellor and Mentor, learning to see the impact of Emotions on physical Health has been important.  As a result I have found an amazing and very helpful book: ‘Deadly Emotions’ by Don Colbert.  I have shared this book with many people.  One person was so impressed with the book, she went to the Word Book store and brought me 6 copies to give away to others!

Don Colbert MD’s book, ‘Deadly Emotions’ deals extensively with the physical effects of emotions on the body, such as long term anger, hostility, bitterness and resentment and their role in the disease process. Whilst emotions and the heart are other boardroom members we will be learning about further on, it is important to point out that their condition almost always eventually has an effect on the body.

Dr Colbert links anger and hostility with hypertension and coronary artery disease, repressed anger with migraines, and fibromyalgia, and resentment, bitterness, un-forgiveness and self hatred with Auto-immune disorders such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis.

There is good news however, because, as we begin to work with our boardroom some of the deeper issues of the various board members become apparent. Jesus’ heart is to bring healing and restoration to each one, so that we can be whole and function as he created us. So a healthier body will be the outworking of a healthy boardroom.

One strong emotion we need to recognise and deal with in a healthy way is Anger.

Anger affects our body in many ways. When we are angry we often feel stressful, betrayed, hurt, our body is tense and our stomach is in knots. When we feel this way, the world seems to tumble around us and our best friend has packed up and left us behind. The loneliness creeps in and often we feel that the whole world is an illusion and everyone is out of his or her minds.

There are times we want to run and hide and there are times we simply want to find the source that caused our hurt and beat them to a bloody pulp. We know we cannot do this since it is illegal and it does not help our problems. Rather when we blow up fusing our anger on someone else, we are only adding heartache to heartache. Sometimes we all fail to see that there is a solution to many problems, but when we use up our last resources and nothing is left then where do we turn? How do we find our way out?

If you are feeling like there is nothing left in the world for you and that, you have run out of answers to the many questions then you are not alone. One effective way to look at your situation is to know that someone else is suffering worse than you are. Forcing your mind to remain positive can help when times are tough to deal with. When you have been betrayed, robbed, manipulated, lied to, hurt and you feel that the person is getting away with something. Remember, the bad people always pay a higher price than what they induce on the victim. It may take some time, but you will see in the end that the bad person will pay a high price for his or her behaviour.

If you have been victimized, rather than venting your anger in a negative light, try using your intellect and resources to enforce that the source is paying for the crime committed against you. If you are merely struggling from common problems then remember sufficient for each day and take it one day at a time. Try to find some humour in your situation. Laughter is always a source for relieving anger.

When you feel your stomach knot, try to focus on something positive and go do your chores. Anytime we burn energy, we are burning emotions that are the root of anger. If you enjoy writing, sit down and write an article, book, story, or a simple journal. Write down your feelings, how you view the world, and the people in the world. Try to find a way to put some humour between the lines so that you can laugh when you look back at what you wrote. If you body is tense go for a walk and try to admire the beautiful scenery that God provided us.

Remember when you are walking that something good comes from bad. This may not make sense, but if you look back at your many problems and how you dealt with them, you will see a series of good fortunes that came your way. We can all make more of a situation than what really exists and we all need to stay focused to survive the game of life. If you feel that you are centered out for punishment, then think of the men in war, the children in abused homes, or the wives that are tortured by their own spouse.

Now look at your situation again. Are you homeless? Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have food in your kitchen? Do you have your bills paid? If this is true then why are you mad? Anytime we are angered, our body is affected and this causes harm to our health. Is anything worth destroying your self-being, including your body and mind? Is anything worth loosing your respect? If you are angry, think before you act, because impulsive behaviour leads to problems that are more complicated. When you feel like the world is tumbling down, pick up your torture stake and walk another mile.

You can find this book here at the Book Depositary – with free worldwide postage!

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author



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