I usually receive upwards of twenty articles and blogs in my e-mail every day. I don’t know if that’s too many or too few but I skim through them while having coffee and read the ones that grab my attention for the day.
And boy, this article from Care2.com particularly spoke to me this morning.
You see, I was really stressed and angry yesterday. Yeah, beat red angry and worse, I just kept it inside all day. I mean, intellectually and spiritually, I knew I shouldn’t get angry and that it’s not good physiologically too but I couldn’t help it yesterday. And this morning’s article reiterated how wrong it was for me to get that way.
According to Peter Ragnar……(and of course I knew all this from my chiropractic training but when you are mad, it’s hard to think intelligently sometimes.)
…all your thoughts are chemical reactions processed in your brain and body. When you’re assaulted by the negative emotions of anxiety, depression, and frustration, you are also ramping up the production of free radicals and increasing your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. (As research by Dr. Sapolsky of Rockefeller University in New York has found, cortisol levels also spike upward two to seven days before you die.) Even if you’re lucky enough to survive this cortisol spike, your immune system will be greatly impaired because your body’s production of disease-fighting antibodies will shut down while the few remaining antibodies will be destroyed.
I should know what stress does to your body as I studied Hans Selye in chiropractic school, the medical doctor who coined the term “stress” in the 50′s and the first person to relate stress to physiological responses. But he was the last person on my mind as I waded through my hot emotions.
But now that I had the bad an ugly feeling of being angry over with, it’s time for me to move on, relax, and think more positively.