About Cancer and Emotions: Regret Lowers Your Immunity
The Huffington Post today added to our knowledge base about cancer and emotions and how interrelated they are.
According to a study done by Montreal’s Concordia University, the distressing feelings that come with experiencing regret can have a negative impact on your immune system.
Not too surprising! For myself, prior to my breast cancer diagnosis, I was all too aware that I was under a super-abundance of stress and not handling it well at all. Negative emotions like worry, fear, unremitting anger, an inability to forgive someone – quite simply, they are all toxic.
Experienced for long enough they can depress your immune system, the very thing you need to keep disease at bay or overcome it.
What to do about it? Well, quite simply you have to do what works for you. According to livescience.com, if you are able to get in touch with your emotions (name them), you can tame them, according to new research that covers the benefits of meditation and may help to discover why meditation works.
“Brain scans show that putting negative emotions into words calms the brain’s emotion center. That could explain meditation’s purported emotional benefits, because people who meditate often label their negative emotions in an effort to ‘let them go.’ Psychologists have long believed that people who talk about their feelings have more control over them, but they don’t know why it works.”
So you must do what works for you, whether it be talking with your psychiatrist, your best friend, or spending some time in reflective meditation. Don’t know how to meditate? Want some help? I’ve created a downloadable how-to-meditate course specifically for cancer patients.
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