[su_dropcap style=”flat”]W[/su_dropcap]HY IS IT THAT we remember certain things more clearly than others? Some happy moments are recalled clearly yet it seems unhappy events stay with us no matter how hard we try to stop.
Research suggests that our emotions infuse our memories. Negative emotions tend to be felt more intensely than more happy thoughts.
Both Standford University and Harvard School of Business found that our brains handle unhappy moments differently. The depressing thought continues on hours after we go home. We carry work with us and dwell on negative thoughts. Learning how to stop is important as studies show our brain is hardwired to retain these negative experiences more than positive ones.
Understanding how we process our day can reduce the physical toll, this takes on our health. Our experiences affect our health many ways. Looking at a list, we can see links between patterns of our life and health.
Worry leads to sleeplessness
Anger causes ingestion
Depression slows the bowels
Sadness weakens the immune system
All emotions play a role in our lives. If someone dies, it’s healthy for the family to move through the stages of grief. On the other hand worrying about your college students getting to class on time is not healthy for you and promotes an unhealthy relationship.
Worrying temporarily can alert us to events we should pay closer attention to such as, “did I lock the door as I left?” Can be a reminder to slow down and give ourselves more time in the morning to complete home tasks before work.
Of course, all emotions can have an effect our sleep. New love can feel us with such wonder that sleeping seems irrelevant – until sleep demands it’s time. Anger also can keep us awake.
Resentment and irritation increase tension in the body and slows our ability to digest foods. This is why you should not take food or drink when upset.
Depression not actually an emotion is a state of being yet we say, “I feel depressed” or “I feel sad” when we express this behavior. Both men and women can have depression or sadness. They both tend to make us feel tired or exhausted. These feelings drain our energy and this affects your fluid movement in our bodies by slowing the lower digestive track down. Patients tend to sleep more and complain about weight gain.
How To Stop Dwelling On Negative Things
Since our brains are wired to focus on negative things, the tools to change where you put your attention are important. Developing different habits help. Taking more time in our day for ourselves is powerful.