We all can remember times when our emotions affected our physical health – and vice versa. We were stressed out about something and came down with the viral thing we’d been successfully fighting off. We were laid up with a broken foot and became depressed.
It turns out that every single emotion we have affects at least one system or function in the body – immune system, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, hormonal balance and much more.
Even across cultures, emotions are known to be associated with pain and symptoms in specific parts of the body. People are 21 times more likely to have a heart attack in the days after losing a loved one. (Mercola, 2014) We rightly speak of this as ‘dying from a broken heart’.
Chronic depression is often accompanied by headaches, back pain, muscle aches, joint pain, chest pain, digestive problems, sleep difficulties, loss of appetite or weight gain, or dizziness. (WebMD, 2014)