A lot of things that happen inside our mental space can actually have a negative or positive effect on our physical bodies. For example, staying angry at someone can cause unnecessary stress. While forgiveness is a concept, many people have a hard time practicing it and will stay angry at a situation or individual for long periods of time.
Whether it is imagined or real situations that may cause anger, the brain only feeds on what it processes, real or not. This type of anger induced stress can cause physiological reactions in the body that can have adverse effects. Who hasn’t heard of the man or woman that has a fatal heart attack after an argument or confrontation? Especially if the person is out of shape and older?
Negative emotions can cause negative body cardiovascular responses. If you hold a grudge against someone for too long, any future challenge that you face may cause you to respond more aggressively or in agitation. It’s best to forgive, forget and calm your brain down, especially when you stay worried or angry about things you have no real control over.
Try to develop a response mechanism that does not keep you angry for long periods of time. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Staying bitter can also affect your body’s ability to heal properly and even lower your immune system response to attacks and diseases.
Remember: everyone can have stressful and bad days. It doesn’t mean they are bad people, it just means that they have held pent up negative emotions that come to the surface when triggered by events, sounds, words, noise or confrontations.
The less worried and bitter you are, the healthier your body and mind will be. Keep things cool!