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Emotions During the Holidays Can Impact Your Health

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Did you know that your emotions impact your health? During this holiday season people tend to deal with a range of emotions as they travel, spend time with family, buy gifts, plan parties, mourn the loss of loved ones or dreams for the future, and manage their social and spiritual life. As we deal with all of these situations we will inevitably have emotional responses to them. Positive responses like laughing, smiling, happiness, joy, and pleasure increase your sense of mental well-being, increases your immune response and causes a relaxation response (which reduces stress in your body). These emotions improve health, so anytime you are in a difficult situation and you can find the humor or a way to laugh it will break the tension and the stress in your body.

When we are angry, frustrated or stressed our heart pumps faster and our blood pressure increases--these are normal responses. If someone has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, increasing the pressure in your blood vessels increasing the likelihood of a bad outcome or worst case scenario--a stroke or an aneurysm. When someone is under constant stress it lowers their immune system and makes them more likely to get sick. With the weather being colder than usual, the combination of stress and cold could create a huge susceptibility to getting sick. People diagnosed with diabetes can also be adversely affected by stress and frustration; it can cause blood sugar levels to rise. So those diabetics who find their blood sugars higher than normal may have to look at their emotions as the cause, not just the foods they are eating. For those who have been struggling with anxiety or depression, negative emotions compound their condition. I used all of these examples to show you how negative emotions which happen during the holidays can have physical effects on the body that improve or worsen your health.

This year I am asking you to check in on your emotional health as you move through the holidays. Try to maximize the good emotions and reduce the negative ones. How do you minimize the negative ones? The first step is to realize when you feel, tense, frustrated, or stressed. Once you realize it, remove yourself from the situation if possible. Take 10 deep breaths then think about how you can handle the situation better. Letting go of any negative thoughts that you have about a stressful situation can help keep you strong and healthy during the holidays.

Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Dae

Dr. Dae's website: www.healthydaes.com
Dr. Dae's book: Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living can be purchased @ www.healthydaes.com

Dr. Dae's Bio:

“Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Daemon Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a General Practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Dr. Dae provides tailored treatment to meet the unique needs of every individual she sees in her practice. She also provides specialized support for persons challenged by nutritional deficiencies, weight problems, hormonal and reproductive system disorders, attention deficit disorder and those experiencing chronic diseases. Dr. Dae is an adjunct faculty member for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts. She is the author of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living. Dr. Dae is a featured chef with www.myfoodmyhealth.com. Dr. Dae is a regularly featured writer for the Elite GoogleNews Website empowher.com where she shares her personal and professional vision for living whole and living well. To learn more about Dr. Dae, her products and services, please visit her on the Web at www.Healthydaes.com.

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