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Why Are Negative Thoughts so bad for us?
So, Chris, What are these Negative Thoughts doing to us? Well, in the primitive days when wild beast ate a lot of people, The Fight or Flight Response would kick in. While it was still doing the same bad stuff to our bodies usually you would either fight off the beast or run like hell and you burned off the adrenaline that starts pumping through your body. While you are standing there waiting to see if you are going to fight or flight, your thoughts go back to everyone you know who has been eaten causing your negative thoughts to bring on, even more, chemicals and tightness in your body.
What Is Happening Inside Our Bodies with the Negative Thoughts?
As fear and anger overtake us Adrenaline, sugars, and other stimulants slam your system. Blood is diverted from functions of the body digestion, fighting infections, healing wounds, and other inner processes and rushes to the skeletal muscles especially the arms and legs. The eyes narrow and tense up. You are a mass mess of tense. It was necessary for those days!
Unfortunately, that response is still with us today. Only we usually do not burn it off but fume and think about it all day. We also bring to our mind any time the thing happened to us and anything else our mind can race off to. Examples would be a car cutting you off. Someone is rude to you. Someone is unkind to you and says hurtful things. It is so easy for our minds to turn straight to negative. Going over and over in your mind what you should have said in the heat of an argument.
This barrage of stress and negativism puts enormous physiological stress on the body. It opens us up to diseases, digestive troubles, ulcers, and cancers, poor assimilation preventing necessary proteins, vitamins, and minerals from entering the system. Slow recovery from illnesses, reduced production of blood cells, and other necessary cells, sore muscles, fatigue, and a general state of icky.
Sounds terrible huh? Well, it gets worse, those chemicals released into our body go unused and break down into other and more toxic substances. Our bodies struggle to get rid of it. Our muscles stay tensed for a long time especially around the stomach, chest, lower back, neck, and shoulders. Do you have chronic pain in one or more of these areas?
There is a school of thought that negativism is addictive. That it is a disease like any other addiction. Lots of people suffer from this addiction because negative thinking is addictive to the mind, the body, and emotions. The mind becomes addicted to "being right." and the body becomes addicted to the rush of chemicals. The emotions love the sheer intensity of it all.
So if this is a true addiction, it needs to be treated as any other addiction before it kills us. A commitment to live, patience, discipline, a will to get better, forgiveness, self-love and the knowledge that recovery is very possible.
Exercise, Yoga, Meditation, Self-Education, affirmations and afformations will help greatly.
Be more conscious of your thoughts and stop the negative every time we can catch it.
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