The stomach is a muscular organ located on the left side of the upper abdomen. The stomach receives food from the esophagus. As food reaches the end of the esophagus, it enters the stomach through a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter
The stomach secretes acid and enzymes that digest food. Ridges of muscle tissue called rugae line the stomach. The stomach muscles contract periodically, churning food to enhance digestion. The pyloric sphincter is a muscular valve that opens to allow food to pass from the stomach to the small intestine
The spleen is an organ in the upper far left part of the abdomen, to the left of the stomach. The spleen varies in size and shape between people, but it’s commonly fist-shaped, purple, and about 4 inches long. Because the spleen is protected by the rib cage, you can’t easily feel it unless it’s abnormally enlarged
The spleen plays multiple supporting roles in the body. It acts as a filter for blood as part of the immune system. Old red blood cells are recycled in the spleen, and platelets and white blood cells are stored there. The spleen also helps fight certain kinds of bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis
The pancreas has an endocrine function because it releases juices directly into the bloodstream, and it has an exocrine function because it releases juices into ducts
Enzymes, or digestive juices, are secreted by the pancreas into the small intestine. There, it continues breaking down food that has left the stomach
The pancreas also produces the hormone insulin and secretes it into the bloodstream, where it regulates the body’s glucose or sugar level. Problems with insulin control can lead to diabetes
Worrying can affect the body in ways that may surprise you. When worrying becomes excessive, it can lead to feelings of high anxiety and even cause you to be physically ill
Worrying is feeling uneasy or being overly concerned about a situation or problem. With excessive worrying, your mind and body go into overdrive as you constantly focus on “what might happen
In the midst of excessive worrying, you may suffer with high anxiety — even panic — during waking hours. Many chronic worriers tell of feeling a sense of impending doom or unrealistic fears that only increase their worries
Chronic worrying can affect your daily life so much that it may interfere with your appetite, lifestyle habits, relationships, sleep, and job performance. Many people who worry excessively are so anxiety-ridden that they seek relief in harmful lifestyle habits such as overeating, cigarette smoking, or using alcohol and drugs
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Excessive worriers react quickly and intensely to these stressful situations or triggers. Even thinking about the situation can cause chronic worriers great distress and disability. Excessive worry or ongoing fear or anxiety is harmful when it becomes so irrational that you can’t focus on reality or think clearly. People with high anxiety have difficulty shaking their worries. When that happens, they may experience actual physical symptoms.
Can Excessive Worry and Anxiety Cause a Stress Response?
Stress comes from the demands and pressures we experience each day. Long lines at the grocery store, rush hour traffic, a phone ringing nonstop, or a chronic illness are all examples of things that can cause stress on a daily basis. When worries and anxiety become excessive, chances are you’ll trigger the stress response
Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. When the excessive fuel in the blood isn’t used for physical activities, the chronic anxiety and outpouring of stress hormones can have serious physical consequences including: Suppression of the immune system, digestive disorders, muscle tension, shot term memory, heart attacks, and/or Premature coronary artery disease
If excessive worrying and high anxiety go untreated, they can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts
Although these effects are a response to stress, stress is simply the trigger. Whether or not you become ill depends on how you handle stress. Physical responses to stress involve your immune system, your heart and blood vessels, and how certain glands in your body secrete hormones. These hormones help to regulate various functions in your body, such as brain function and nerve impulses
All of these systems interact and are profoundly influenced by your coping style and your psychological state. It isn’t the stress that makes you ill. Rather, it’s the effect responses such as excessive worrying and anxiety have on these various interacting systems that can bring on the physical illness
👉have you ever been nervouse before a presentation & gotten sweaty palms or diarrhea? Ahh, the power of the mind & emotions. 👈
What Lifestyle Changes Might Help Excessive Worriers?
Although excessive worrying and high anxiety can cause an imbalance in your body, there are many options you have that can re-establish harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Nothing physical manifests without it first starting as thought/e [nergy] motion. What’s on your mind?
a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
Worry/nervousness/anxiety is like praying for what you dont want. Its a future focused fear. Afraid/distrusting of what may happen, the ‘what ifs.’ Remember, we can make our plans, but the Lord determines [the details]how you get there. Anxiety manifests not when we are thinking about the future, rather trying to control it. Rest.
If you have faith ‘it’ will work out/you will be fine either way, you are exceeding your fear. If you fear ‘it’ wont work out/you wont be fine, you are being limited by your fear.
How do you cope with anxiety?
Do you recognize when your anxiety is active?
Do you know what triggers it?
Are you rushing towards ‘it’? #Anxiety
Whats the rush?
Are you running from ‘it’? #Fear
What are you afraid of?
Do you feel internal or external pressure to receive a certain outcome?
Organs affected: spleen, stomach, & pancreas
Negative emotions: worry, anxiety, mistrust
Positive emotions: fairness, openness, trust
Trust is very important in relationships + life in general. Trust means you can feel secure, or that others have your beat interest at heart and can rely on them to do the right thing. Trust is very fluid, and can come and go depending on the efforts put into the relationship or situation, and how one feels about the person or situation. Big or small efforts all count, and add up.
Without a sense of trust, foundations may not be very solid. Lack of trust can be manifested as not being able to trust your partner not to argue when you want to have a conversation about something, feeling you aren’t able to ask for favors without conflict, or be yourself without being judged.
“Sometimes, a lack of trust can manifest in the absence of things – a lack of touch, a lack of warmth, a reluctance to make plans together. You may feel like your partner withholds their true feelings from you – that they have erected a wall of politeness or neutrality. And, of course, there are those classic examples of trust being broken – affairs, and prolonged lying.” – http://www.relate.org.uk/
We know trust can fluid, and can come and go depending on feelings. Sometimes talking with your partner about what you’re feeling and listening to what they have to say is all it takes to reverse direction when it comes to negative dynamics in a relationship.
Some ways to build trust include: finding someone you are comfortable with to gradually become vulnerable, align actions with your words, express yourself, be respectful, get clarity, be open, practice fairness, apologize, forgive, and give it time to develop.
Philippians 4: 6 Don’t [worry] about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done
Proverbs 12: 25 [Worry] weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up
Proverbs 3: 5 [Trust] in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding
Negatiive emotions can manifest in physical ailments such as: impaired digestion
difficulty eliminating waste produced by digestion
Why dont we listen to his will?
Have you ever been nervous for something & had sweaty palms, an upset stomach, or diarrhea? .. Ahh, the power of the mind and e[nergy in]motion. Nothing physical manifests without it first starting as thought/emotion. What’s on your mind?
Foundational Source: @webmd