Physical Health & Emotional Intelligence
Can our emotional intelligence have a measurable impact on our physical health? While not every aspect of emotional intelligence affects every aspect of physical health, studies have shown major overlaps between these two seemingly separate parts of our lives.
We are well aware of the impact that stress can have on our physical well being. Stress can activate cortisol which is a steroid hormone released by the adrenal glands. When the body perceives something as a threat, it triggers the adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline. This natural response results in a burst of new energy and strength. Although this response is helpful, too much cortisol can have a negative effect on your body.
- Suppressed immunity.
- High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- Insulin resistance.
- Carbohydrate cravings.
- Metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
- Fat deposits on the face, neck, and belly.
- Reduced libido.
Cortisol is often called the primary “stress hormone” because it’s one of the main hormones we release when we’re under any sort of pressure and our evolutionary-based "fight or flight response" kicks into gear.
While producing cortisol is a necessity for life and helps keep us motivated, awake and responsive to our environment, maintaining abnormally high circulating cortisol levels can become dangerous and contribute to long-term health problems.
Chronic Stress is now linked with just about every health problem out there. Stress affects most people at least to some degree and impacts health by sending chemical signals around the body, including to the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain. Stress has the power to increase breathing, heart rate, pain and muscle tension, your appetite (including overeating), and sleep-related problems.
Emotions like stress also have the ability to override our objective mind. They can influence how we run our personal lives, business relationships, manage our health, decision making and much more. In fact, poor food choices can be triggered by emotions, which can lead to long term chronic illness.