They sure do! Your emotions and thoughts cause chemical reactions in your brain, affecting brain function. If you are having a great day, it shows! You likely have a smile on your face, your tone of voice is brighter, your walk is lighter, and you are generally positive during interactions. When you are having a rough day, that also shows. Your face may be downcast, your tone of voice is lower, your walk is slower or more shuffled, and you may shy away from interactions. And this is all because of your thought that you were either having a good day or a bad day.
I want to pose the question to you: what are the three main emotions you experience on a daily basis? Have you ever considered how this affects your health?
Case in point: when I was asked this question, I had been going through a rough patch with my toddler. She is exploring her boundaries and we are working on listening and following instructions. So, frustration was something I was feeling on a daily basis. But the way my thoughts would go, was something like this- “I am so frustrated right now! She is making me so angry!” Here’s the catch though: She wasn’t making me feel anything. It was my expectation of how she should be acting (and wasn’t) that was making me angry. It was ME that was responding to the situation with frustration and anger.
Now how does frustration and anger look like for a person’s health? I was drained a lot of the time, and some days only had enough energy to do the bare minimum. I wanted to sleep a lot. It also shaped how I interacted with my husband, friends, and family. So while my emotions were based on my interactions with only one person, they trickled over into my day to day life and were negatively affecting my outlook on life and my health.
So, ask yourself that question - what are three main emotions you experience on a daily basis? Then consider how that may be affecting your mental, physical, and emotional health. How can chiropractic care play a role in this? Getting adjusted affects brain function and ease in your nervous system. Decreasing the tension you feel in your body helps you become more at ease with the world around you and can affect the emotional responses you may have to situations.
How did it help me? I started to notice that on weeks that I got adjusted twice (I am usually on a once a week basis), I had more control over my emotions and my interactions with my toddler were more peaceful. Chiropractic care for the win!
Peace, Love, and Wellness