Researchers have found direct links between emotions and the effect on the immune system. Positive emotions can enhance the immune system while negative emotions can suppress it. It has been proven that it can take up to a year to recover a healthy immune system following the death of a spouse. However, having fun with friends and family can have a good effect on our immune systems.
Stress can over- activate the immune system, resulting in the increased risk of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, hives, and asthma.
Most doctors agree that reducing stress is the best non-invasive way to affect our immunity in a positive manner. Stress reducers include lessening the demands upon us, increasing our ability to cope with stress, delegating work, and deleting less important items from your to-do lists. Also suggested is relaxation through massage, listening to soothing music, spending more time unwinding each day, and learning new and useful skills.
I would like to expand on the last suggestion, learning a new skill. Crafting can be a new skill for many. Whatever the interest, crochet, knitting, sewing, paper crafting, jewelry making, ceramics, etc. (the list can go on indefinitely), the fact is that these new endeavors bring pleasure to many and are also tension relievers. I personally have to be busy in my crafting projects. I don’t consider them work. They bring me joy, tension relief, pleasure, and a sense of accomplishment. My mood is elevated when I see my completed design in front of me.
Whatever outlet you choose, having an optimistic and positive mood is advantageous for your happiness and your health.
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