How Emotions Impact Your Health
When evaluating your own personal health and health goals, it is sometimes all too easy to focus entirely on the physical and neglect the mental. In reality, your mental health and emotions are a key part of your holistic health picture. Your emotional health has a very large ability to affect your quality of life—including relationships, employment, and social life—in addition to the ability to affect your physical health more directly than most people believe.
More specifically, chronic stress can cause a wide variety of dangerous physical health issues in addition to the obvious mental health effects. Chronic stress, as the name suggests, is a state of long-term stress often caused by external situational factors such as employment worries or trauma. In other words, it’s a condition caused when environmental factors lead your body to remain in a constant fight-or-flight state rather than naturally de-escalating. Some people tend to be more genetically predisposed for this condition than others. If left untreated, chronic stress can lead to dire medical effects such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, digestive problems, weight gain, headaches, and memory issues.
Similar conditions include chronic urban stress and chronic anxiety. Chronic urban stress is chronic stress brought on at least in part by urban living conditions; certain urban living conditions can actually cause statistically significant variations in stress levels to the point where research has shown that some neighborhoods actually have higher levels of depression than others, adjusted for other factors such as gender, age, and minority status. In addition, more research has shown that chronic stress can actually cause higher susceptibility to air pollution and other respiratory diseases. So, in other words, urban environments can cause depression, and in term, chronic stress can cause greater vulnerability to urban elements such as pollution.
Chronic anxiety is anxiety that persists over time and is often not situationally dependent. Even more than chronic stress, chronic anxiety is often genetically driven. Like chronic stress, chronic anxiety can lead to long-term effects such as headaches, dizziness, depression, cardiovascular disease, digestive issues, and immune deficiency. In fact, vaccines may even work less well on you than others if you suffer from chronic anxiety.
All of this is to say that conditions such as chronic stress, chronic urban stress, and chronic anxiety are serious medical issues not just mentally, but physically as well. As such, when thinking about your health as part of a holistic picture, it is important not to discount your emotional health and overall stress levels as a key part of that bigger picture.
There are many ways you can tackle chronic stress in an attempt to increase your overall health. In some cases, it is best to seek professional help—either medical or therapeutic—to help ease the effects of your chronic stress, but in other cases chronic stress can be helped by lifestyle and mindset changes. Some examples of this include becoming more active, trying relaxing mindset-change activities such as meditation and tai chi, prioritizing sleep, and avoiding self-isolation due to stress. In addition, if possible, it is of course a good idea to change any environmental factors that may be leading to your chronic stress, such as unhealthy relationships or living situations.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, but you don’t feel you need to, want to, or are able to go a full medical or therapeutic route, supplements such as our tranquility formula can help you decrease your chronic stress levels to a more manageable state. There are many reasons that might be the case, ranging from cost, discomfort with prescription psychological medications, and stigma of treatment. Our tranquility formula includes helpful stress-relieving ingredients such as vitamin B6, Passionflower, and GABA, all of which have been shown to combat stress and anxiety in a wide variety of ways including as sedatives and stress-reducing neurotransmitters. All of the ingredients are natural and have been used as natural stress-reducers for much of human history.
Regardless of what approach you take towards treatment, the most important thing is that you realize that you need to take your mental health as seriously as you take your medical health. If you’re not careful, the two will become all too intertwined.