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Emotions of the Heart: The Powerful Effects your Mind can have on the Body


Emotions are powerful forces.  They determine our outlook on life based on the events occurring around us.  They allow us to empathize with other humans, perhaps to share in joy or in pain.    Whichever emotion you feel on a given morning generally shapes how you feel throughout your entire day.  Emotions also have a profound effect on our overall health and wellness.

A study conducted in 2003 by the Center for Preventative and Behavioral Medicine found that negative emotions or moods are directly linked to poor bodily function, most notably, the increased risk for Heart Disease. Participants who had mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety were found to be at a drastically higher risk.

When placed in the care of a Home Health or Hospice company, it is not uncommon to feel some of these negative emotions.  While you may be getting great care, it can certainly be a scary or stressful time for both the patient and the caregiver.  To keep your mind and body high functioning, it is important to learn how to manage your emotions and stress.

3 Methods to Ease Your Mind

Research shows there are three simple methods that not only ease our mind but are also beneficial to the functions of our bodies, especially the processes of the heart.  And no, none require physical exercise.

Showing Gratitude

Yes, studies have shown that counting your blessings and being thankful have had a direct correlation to being heart healthy.  No matter the situation, I’m sure most of us could think of something to be grateful for.  Think back to happy memories and make a list of all things that have made you happy throughout your life.  Thinking about these positive occurrences has shown slow the heartbeat creating a healthy smooth and rhythmic motion. Consider spending some time to ponder all the things that made you happy a few moments each day.


Laughter truly is good for the soul, and it turns out it’s just as good for your body too.  The power of laughter goes hand in hand with gratitude – happiness cures.  Being around people you enjoy and who make you laugh has shown to improve your overall health, and if nothing else, helps get your mind off the stresses of each day.  Watch some comedy television or get out to see a comedy show, and have a good laugh in the name of health.

Making Connections

Humans are designed to interact with each other.  So when we have little interaction or are isolated, our symptoms of negative emotions become more prevalent.  Consider calling up an old high school friend to reconnect.  Or perhaps take a local class and meet new people.  Spend time with your family.  These activities will not only take your mind off any stresses or anxieties you are worrying about, but creating new or strengthening existing relationship will make your heart and body happy.

Take time to consider your emotional state and incorporate the simple steps above to leverage the positive and powerful effects emotions have on the body and its overall state of wellbeing.

Whether you’re transitioning home from the hospital or looking to gain strength and mobility at home, Residential’s team of nurses and therapists are here to support and empower you with great care and support for you to meet your health goals. Discover how you can stay safe, healthy and happy in your home by calling (888) 930-WELL (9355) and speaking with a Home Care Specialist about your specific health needs.