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Emotional Wellbeing

Our emotional health plays a big role in the way we feel physically. There are many different disorders and diseases that can be caused by emotional factors or made worse by them. Just because emotions are in your head doesn’t mean that they’re not real. There are a wide range of emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, bipolar disorder to name a few.

Your Emotional Health Could Be Affecting Your Body  happy mother and daughter

Emotions and Biology

Emotions can affect daily functioning, too. For instance, severely depressed people may actually find that their bodies work slower than they used to. When you’re severely depressed, your metabolism may slow down, and you may find yourself needing a lot more sleep (hypersomnia). When you’re very anxious, your system can also go into overdrive leading to have problems with sleep (insomnia). This may also cause symptoms like rushing thoughts, palpitations, or heightened feelings such as paranoia. Emotions may also cause eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and purging. Health Coaching can help

Stress

Did you know that stress related symptoms account for a large percentage of visits to the doctor? Stress can have an enormous impact on how we feel, and how well our bodies work. When we’re overly stressed, all kinds of physical symptoms can show up. It is important to pay close attention to those physical symptoms. This is the body’s way of warning us of the imminent harm that sustained stress can cause us. In fact there is research that shows that chronic stress can wear down the telomeres which are located on the tip of our chromosomes. This causes irreversible breakdown of the chromosomes and leads to premature aging. Stress has also been linked to certain chronic illnesses such as certain cancers, diabetes, hypertension, or auto immune disorders (conditions that are caused by the body forming antibodies that turn against itself)

Did you know that emotional health can have a huge impact on your physical health? When we’re depressed, anxious, or stressed, we often feel tired and rundown. People suffering from emotional problems are more accident prone, more likely to get sick, and even tend to have trouble with short term memory. The state of your emotions plays a large role in your overall wellbeing. 

Stress Reduction Techniques

There are many ways to reduce stress. Stress is a natural part of human existence. There is good stress and bad stress. It is important to learn how to manage bad stress effectively so that it does not become overwhelming. Starting your day with a period of meditation, prayers, reading an inspirational piece, are all examples of simple stress reducing techniques. Other ways may include taking walks in nature, keeping a gratitude journal, deep breathing exercises or even getting a pet. Start an exercise program; yoga or tai chi can also provide tremendous benefits. Finally, remember to incorporate a daily dose of humor! Laughter is the most powerful antidote to stress. Find something to laugh about every day. People who laugh often live longer, so lighten up! Go to a Wellness Way of Life for More Information

When to seek professional help

A lot of times, people with emotional problems may hide what they are experiencing, because there is a stigma associated with mental illness or emotional problems. There’s a good chance people close to them may say that it’s all in their heads, and that they ought to ‘just get over it’. When should you seek care? If your emotional problems are severe enough that they are disrupting your day to day life, and you’ve already tried some stress reduction techniques with no relief, it might be time to talk to your primary care doctor. You may be referred to a behavioral health specialist such as a counselor, psychologist and/or a psychiatrist. Most times if addressed early, neither therapy nor medications have to be a lifelong commitment. The right help could be an important step in your journey to better health and wellbeing. Contact Dr. Eno

Here’s to your Emotional Health!

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Dr. Eno

Born in London and raised in Nigeria, Dr. Eno Nsima-Obot is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician, with over 20 years of experience in the health & wellness industry. She graduated from medical school in 1987 with several awards in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinical Pharmacology and General Surgery. She is passionate about placing a human touch to healthcare and was the recipient for the quarterly award for compassion when she worked as a primary care physician with a large multi-specialty medical group in Chicago. As a professional life coach, Dr. Eno is committed to helping woman living with chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes achieve optimal health and wellbeing, so that they are able to experience a more wholesome life. She is also an author of a book on diabetes, designed to educate people about diabetes in an easy to understand way. To download a free preview of her book, click here.

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