How aware are you?

Emotions are mean to be noticed, embraced, experienced and let go. How well do you experience and release your emotions?

 Are you aware of how your thought patterns and feelings affect your actions and your health? What else can affect your emotions?

Negative emotional patterns with poor processing can often precipitate disease. Emotions are meant to be noticed, embraced, experienced and let go. How well are you doing in this category?

When we suppress, ignore, resist, overreact, or are ignorant of our emotions, be they positive or negative,  the energy gets stored up in our body, suppresses our immune system and affects our state of being.

Chronic fear or stress  Fear activates the flight or fight response and engages cortisol to pull sugar from the system for energy, shuts down your digestion and shunts the blood flow to the extremities for action.  Hormonally, the increase of cortisol release from the adrenal cortex and epinephrine from the adrenal medulla properly prepares for the series of mechanisms to respond to the threat at hand. The cavemen's genes still at play in us, if your are not being physical with your action in times of stress, i.e. going out to fight that tiger,  all that sugar and that is pulled from your system is nicely stored around your central abdomen; those love handles aren't from love.

But that is not all that happens. If the acute phase of stress response is over, the body will naturally go through a 24-48 hour period of recovery, which should include a natural inclination to rest. In today's society and fast past life-styles, we are hooked on stress. Epinephrine is otherwise known as adrenaline. Adrenaline gives us the natural rush of excitement. We tend to like it.

Trouble is, when the perceived stresses are not short term, but a chronic way of life. The body thus continually responds to stress, where levels of cortisol and epinephrine are continually elevated. Signs of chronic stress include central weight gain (as mentioned above), suppressed immunity and inflammatory responses with subsequent increase to infection, allergies, arthritis and autoimmune disease. This makes the person more susceptible to the development of depression, hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, diabetes, osteoporosis and degenerative diseases. 

No matter how vital the person, chronic stress can lead to exhaustion. This can be characterized by deficient glucocorticoid and mineralcorticoid  production, sometimes with pulses of adrenaline release. Conditions related to the stress exhaustion phase include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia, multiple chemical sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome, hypotension, insomnia, hypothyroid and anxiety. 

The basic reality is that awareness of our self and our emotions heals. This is why so many studies are showing that meditation, self-awareness and cognitive based therapy helps move a person positively forward on their trajectory of health. 

Laura welcomes you where ever you are on your journey of self-awareness. She has tools and resources to help move you forward in a positive, natural way to emotional health.

Tools to help you evaluate your emotional health Please bring your evaluation with you to your appointment

Depression Inventory

Anxiety Evaluation