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Emotional Choices

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My Managing Diabetes team were discussing how emotions affect our numbers and I got to thinking. As I wrote my reply, I realized it was applicable to a lot of emotional choices we make, like emotional eating or kicking ourselves when we goof up... and I wanted to record it here as a message to myself, as well as offering it up as food for future discussion... The reply is, in part, below.

'... get some training in relaxation techniques or learn to exercise when you are upset, because those numbers are NOT acceptable in terms of your length and quality of life~ and it sounds to me like you are already aware of this and just need to do something about it.

'Thinking about it, I guess emotions are part of what makes us human, and there are always going to be circumstances that upset the balance~ assuming you have balance in the first place. LOL

'It's good to have a loving and compassionate heart, and at times anger or hurt is an appropriate response, but letting those emotions control and destroy our health?

'No.

'And that IS something we are each in charge of. I recognize that I am the one writing the story of my life. If I choose to let emotions take life away from me, what kind of ending is that story going to have?

'Not one I want to live! And I do want to live. Fully, no holds barred, experience it all~ and I have had my share of grief and an abundance of joy and laughter~ but I want to experience them in the moment they occur. I don't want to wallow in the emotions for too long. That takes too much time away from the whatever comes next! LOL

'Have the emotion and let it go. Move on. Get your balance back, live your life. Your family want you around a long time, and when you don't take care of yourself you are robbing them~ and yourself~ of this special time together... '

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  • HOLLY_1970
    This so true. When you read scripture, is says laughter is health to your bones. So laugh more and try not to let you emotions control your feelings. This controls your body to get sick and not heal. Anger also does a lot to your bodies. Makes us ill and prevents us from healing .. This is why God says don't let the sun go down on your anger.
    I struggle with this every day. My emotions. This is such a struggle. I have to remind myself not to allow my emotions to control me.

    4093 days ago
  • ALASKAN
    thank you for sharing and this is very interesting to read too. I appreciate it that Helen wanted me to read. Good blog and will share with others as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4097 days ago
  • WOWEETOO
    hey there kathy..is everything going okwith you and your s.o.?? hopefully as you mentioned problems some time ago and i know what a stress that must have been moving from here to there and living in a garage for a while..i am still here and just hanging out and off the threads for now as i found myself here 6-8 hours a day and no other life still maintaining and still with normal kidney function again but still logging and doing the fitness and nutrition stuff and reading the articles for now and the sparkmail and stuff i will come back from sabbatical in january i think dealing with blood pressure spikes right now (who knows from what) and blood sugars a little higher than i am accustomed to but i will solve that problem also i hope kinow i think of you often for sure love and hugs the lady mary emoticon
    4097 days ago
  • VANESSALGRIGGS
    Yes that is a wonderful thought to have I have a few friends I need to send this to. Thanks Helen and Thanks Terry.
    Love and Hugs Vanessa
    4097 days ago
  • MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Thank you, Kathy, for this great blog. WONDERFUL!!! I have copied this also and am sharing your blog with my daughter and a few friends.
    May God continue to pour his blessings upon you.
    Hugs,
    Helen
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    4097 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/5/2009 8:41:35 AM
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    thanks this really hit home.
    4097 days ago
  • TCHOZET
    Great message ... timeless! I copied to a Word doc to save.

    Thank you, Terry

    BTW: I really love your posts.
    4195 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/30/2009 12:01:46 PM
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