Suppressing natural behaviour, feelings and emotions may work as a coping mechanism for individuals who find it less comfortable to share or talk about themselves, but, speaking about one’s sorrows, joys, blessings and problems is considered to be extremely positive to his/her well being of the mind as well as the body.
Healthy human relationships are based on people’s ability to express, communicate and understand these emotions. However, those who tend to keep their thoughts repressed and feelings bottled and blocked are more likely to develop health issues like emotional exhaustion, low immunity, depression, anxiety among others. Read on to know the five harmful effects this habit has on your body and mind:
Increases your Risk of Developing Heart Disease
Bottling up your feelings causes the stress hormone in the body to become hyperactive, releasing cortisol and increasing the blood pressure. This can highly increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. According to a meta-analysis in Health Psychology, people who doesn’t let their feelings out, have a higher heart rate and pulse ratio than the people who does.
Disturbs your Mental Health & Well being
Suppressing emotion is a coping strategy for many people, and it can severely affect the mental health of an individual. People who consistently suppress their emotion are more likely to face depression and anxiety and even develop problems in remembering things. Other than this suppressed emotion can also deteriorate one’s communication skills and makes people develop an overall negative image of you.
Increases the Cancer Risk
Suppressing various negative emotions like anger, grief and resentment, are known to increase the cortisol levels in the body. This in turn suppresses the immune system, which further causes the cancer cells to mutate and increase the risk of developing cancer. According to Journal of Psychosomatic Research, the abnormal secretion of cortisol was shown to highly increase the risk of developing breast cancer among women. This abnormality was, in most cases,was seen among patients over 40, and the risk of effective reduced among people who let their feelings out.
Harms Sexual & Reproductive Health
High cortisol release increases the levels of stress, which interferes with an individual’s normal sex life. And, one is likely to face trouble reaching the climax. Other than this, stress from the bottled-up and neglected feelings also affect ovulation in women and sperm production in men. Prolonged exposure to extreme stress-causing hormones may even lead to infertility.
Lowers Bone Strength
Suppressed emotion often gets held within the body and often manifests various problems like shoulder, neck and back issues. In addition, people who engage in emotion suppression regularly are more likely to experience stiff joints, bone weakness and even difficulty in movement in later years of life.
Have you tried opening up to your friend, sibling or anyone who you like? Well, it is high time you must… If you are unsure, try standing in front of the mirror and talk to your own self.