Emotions and their bearing on our health

emotional baggage

By :- Ms. Renu Puri & Ms. Vanshika Saigal

Every day is a roller-coaster ride, halting at every emotional station. Emotions come naturally to us. As humans, it is our basic nature to be sad, happy, angry or frustrated – basically, to be emotional, one way or the other.

You might wonder why are we pondering over human psychology. The fact of the matter is, these highs and lows on the emotion meter influence our health.

Scenarios with their emotional baggage

Every experience or event in one’s life leads to certain emotion/s one experiences. A mere bad cab ride, in the morning can also make you feel gloomy and then greasy food seems like the sole solution to that bad start of the day.

Here are few of the scenarios that depict a possible out of the normal range emotional uphevals

emotional baggage
  • Many mothers during the exams of their kids forget to look after their own diet because of the anxiety they go through. Often the timing of the meals also gets affected, along with the quality.
  • People often compromise on their regular eating patterns when migrating to a newer location because they take time to adjust to a new habitat and also the stresses that accompany it.
  • Any foreseen apprehension also contributes to the anxiety because one is either too excited or extra vexed. Our eating can go completely topsy-turvy on such occasions.
  • Many times, people just stop eating when undergoing a challenging situation in life that causes them to experience a total emotional shut down. Remember, not eating at all or massive drop down in intake, is worse than overeating.
  • While traveling people tend to be in an excited emotional state. Hence they fall prey to quick fixes in foods like packaged food items, which are not only bad for health, but also are addictive in nature.

 

Remedial measures

  • Pre-empt: Preparing in advance is always helpful. Some situations are unavoidable, but others are lined up for a long time.
    Being aware is the first step of the remedial ladder.
    The second step is to always keeping the healthier choices available. Stock your kitchen with fruits, green tea, and other healthier selections.
  • Say no to packaged food: When in distress we tend to eat a pre-cooked meal. And these meals come in the form of packaged food like chips, biscuits, frozen meals etc. These food items are easy to hop on to, but are not at all helpful for health. Packaged food items have preservatives in them which weaken our health.
  • Batch preparation: Prepare and store a portion of the food for the times ahead. This way you save a lot of time and hence, can ignore the cravings coming your way all through the day.
  • Add mini meals to your diet: There is no doubt that hunger can strike within a couple of hours of having a meal. The best way to deal with it is by adding mini meals to your diet throughout the day. Before leaving your house for a meal out also have a mini meal so that you feel full for a longer time when out. This will not only avoid extra calories input but will also, cut down the expense of eating out.
  • Bring down spice content: Any meal with heavy spice, salt and sugar content can be a threat to your healthy lifestyle. Plus, it plays with the body’s ability to monitor the hunger pangs. Cut down its consumption per meal to avoid the threat.
  • Carry less-easily perishable stuff, when traveling: Traveling can cost you your control over your eating patterns. The best practice is to carry some food items, that can last you a while, during the travels, like home made snacks, nuts, healthy cereal options etc. This way you don’t have to compromise with your diet regime.
  • Objectify the situation: The most important step towards consistent healthy living, is to start evaluating your situation to understand if the challenge is worth giving up your health for and to succumb to unhealthy snacks or meals.

We live in our bodies for the entire life. Let’s prioritize keeping it healthy.

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