This post is the second of three that addresses anxiety and depression. Here we will look at ways we can promote healthy thoughts and emotions.

Many individuals live in a constant state of low anxiety or depression that can grow into full-blown panic attacks, anxiety disorders or clinical depression when the “right” set of circumstances are met. Given the multifaceted dimension to such issues, a holistic approach that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual component is required in order to change the pattern and experience real peace and happiness.

THE EMOTIONAL COMPONENT

Now you know that the biochemicals released during a “perceived event” are the same ones released when a person is actually in the stressful or dangerous situation. This works against us if we are thinking thoughts of fear, anxiety or sadness. However, if you are reflecting on a positive event in your life, your body is responding in kind and you are releasing a plethora of “happy” biochemicals!

CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF DANGER AND ANXIETY

Remember, your perception is your reality. If you perceive danger or if your mind is thinking about something that causes you anxiety, your body is physically responding as if you are actually experiencing the situation in real time. Given this, thinking about the stressful confrontation you had with your spouse produces the same biochemical picture in your body that you experienced during the actual conversation. How many times do you let your mind fret with thoughts of anxiety? Admittedly, I have let my mind drive me crazy from time to time in the past. Sometimes it seemed as if I relished in replaying the harmful mental tapes over and over in my mind.

Additionally, your body does not differentiate between witnessing troublesome events in real time or stimuli that are received as a result of artificial exposure. Violent and suspenseful video games, books, and movies can be dangerous for adults, and especially for children, given their developing brains. Such exposure incites the danger/excitatory hormones and neurotransmitters that are designed to alarm you in the case of danger. Overexposure of such biochemicals contributes to a long list of physical and emotional health issues. Stress is significant, and we have more control over our stress response than we realize, and obtaining such control begins with limiting our exposure.

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
—Romans 8:6

Your brain is not created to exist in such an altered state. You are created to live in the world God created for you. You were created to relish in the things of God and what he has created for you. A reflection on the internal peace you feel while gazing at the stars or a sunset, or taking a stroll through a garden will remind you of this fact.

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
—Psalm 96:11-12

Fortunately, we can take control of our thoughts and re-program our thought patterns so they are conducive to healing. I have a great tip that I highly recommend to properly “program” your subconscious mind – and it’s super easy! During your last 10 waking minutes of each day expose your mind to something positive and life-giving by reading something uplifting, watching something funny or reading spiritual material. During your next 5-6 sleeping hours your subconscious mind will replay this material over and over as it reprograms and imprints the uplifting data into your system! Given that 95% of our behavior Comes from our subconscious mind it is pretty important to find ways to program it to suite c your goal of living a life full of peace and happiness.

YOUR NEXT STEP

Want to learn more about emotions and your health? We invite you to visit our post titled “Harmful Emotions And The Organs They Affect” by clicking here.

We invite you to read the rest of the series here:

Anxiety and Depression – Part 1

Anxiety and Depression – Part 3

If you or a loved one are suffering from anxiety, depression, or any other neurological health issue, I highly recommend that you seek the care of a qualified health care practitioner skilled in neurotransmitter and endocrine support. What I am providing you here is not intended as medical care or as a substitution for medical care.