Emotion: e·mo·shen (Noun)
1. A natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
2. A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling, emotions of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate and love.
3. A state of mental agitation or disturbance: spoke unsteadily in a
voice that betrayed his emotion.
What are emotions?
Thoughts create emotions. Emotions and thoughts affect physiology. Emotions and mood are affected by many factors including food, sleep, hormones, etc. Following is a discussion about some of these factors. Check out various pages on the site for some techniques that you can use to help you control your thoughts and your emotions.
If not kept in check, our minds can spin out of control with negative thoughts. I call this “Awfulizing”. When this happens, I visualize a hand coming up in the “Stop” signal in my mind and then actually yell, “STOP!” in my mind. The next thing that you have to do is to challenge the thoughts that you are having. Our thoughts are not always true!
For example, you might begin this awfulizing process by thinking that you do not want to go to a meeting that you have. Then you think about what may happen at the meeting. Perhaps you have to speak at the meeting and you don’t like being the centre of attention. So your mind continues to work on this negative thought pattern until you have yourself convinced that you are going to spill coffee down the front of your white shirt and everyone in the meeting is going to laugh at you. This will cause you great embarrassment which will lead you to stammer, etc, etc, etc. Your boss will then become so disappointed in your performance that you will end up being fired. One way that you can challenge this thinking is to ask, “Has my boss ever been dis-satisfied with my work?” “Has anyone ever been laughed at hysterically for spilling coffee on them?”
You can tell that you are awfulizing when your self-talk contains words like always, never, etc. Keep in mind that we are not our minds and our minds do not control us. We control our minds.
Food and Emotions
There are many foods which enhance moods and many others which create negative moods.
Negative Mood Food
·Bad fats such as corn oil, soy oil, canola oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, etc.
White sugar and white flour actually leach minerals out of your body to help your body process them properly. The bad fats are processed at high heats with chemicals and so are rancid and contain harmful chemicals unless they are cold pressed and stored in dark coloured bottles. Children who react to candy may not be reacting to the sugar in it, but could be reacting to the food colourings or other chemicals.
Common food allergens include cow’s dairy, gluten, yeast, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, corn, shell fish, sesame, and soy.
Positive Mood Food
·Good fats (saturated) include coconut oil, organic butter, and lard from locally raised pigs.
·Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and omega-3 oils such as flax seed oil can be used for drizzling over food that is already cooked.
·Protein such as fish, locally raised or organic poultry, eggs, etc.
·Fruits and VEGGIES!
Low fat diets are not good for you! Your brain NEEDS fat to function properly, but it needs the right fat. Saturated fats are needed for your body to utilize vitamins A, D, and E and calcium.
Don’t like your veggies? Try taking a 50 mg zinc supplement for one month and see how your taste buds change!
Isagenix has a Brain Boost & Renewal supplement which helps your brain perform optimally.
Sleep and Emotions
A poor night of sleep can cause you to be irritable, short-tempered, and more easily affected by things that you would normally handle with ease. Sleep deprivation and chronic insomnia increase the risk of developing mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. A great night of sleep helps you feel great!
Isagenix has a Sleep Support & Renewal spray which helps to promote restful sleep.
Process Your Emotions
Tell people how you feel and what you need – most people are not very good at reading minds. Really feel your emotions when they are happening without judgement or blame. Simply watch the emotion and say,
“Interesting, I am angry right now.
Why am I angry?
Where is the anger in my body?
What does the anger feel like?
What colour is it?
What is the texture and shape of the anger?”
This way it lets you process the emotion and helps to prevent them from being stored in your body. Recognize that emotions signal us to whether events are in tune or not in tune with our values.
If you believe that you can or you can’t, you’re right! Have you heard this expression before? Basically, what this saying indicates is that you get what you are thinking about or focusing on. Our thoughts become and create our reality. One movie that delves into this idea of Quantum Physics is called, “What the Bleep Do We Know”. It is a fascinating documentary and well worth watching.
Try out different techniques and ideas found on this website to see what works for you. Have fun with it!
The Mood Cure – Julia Ross
Feeling Good, The New Mood Therapy – David D. Burns
Optimum Nutrition for the Mind – Patrick Holford
Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can – Caroline Mys