Too much stress or fearful negative thinking can actually play a big part in disease formation and in recovery. This mind body connection is often overlooked in modern medical treatments. Often doctors treat patients for chronic conditions that start out fairly mild but evolve into more serious conditions, but can become worse because negative emotions affect your health. This may seem far-fetched, but the body becomes vulnerable to germs and viruses when the immune system becomes impaired.
A weak immune system equals an acidic environment. Lyme LOVES acidic environments. They thrive!
Negative feelings, stress, sadness, and worry also cause a spike in the hormone cortisol, which in turn suppresses the immune system. A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine reported that HIV patients who wrote about their worries for 30 minutes a day four days in a row experienced a drop in their viral load and a rise in infection-fighting T cells. Another study, in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, found that breast cancer patients who talked about their feelings regarding cancer had to schedule fewer doctors' visits for cancer-related problems.
In life we carry around past hurts, fears, anger, frustration, sadness, grief, inner secrets, and more. When we carry these emotions we find ourselves getting sick physically and mentally. We also do not live our life to the fullest. We limit our success both in business and in our personal life.
How can I overcome my emotional burdens?
What can you do to help yourself eliminate these negative emotions? All you can do is start peeling away the layers of the onion. Peeling the onion is all about peeling away the built-up layers of which your negative emotions are comprised: inaccurate negative information about yourself, unhealthy habits, early imprints, old hurts and past failures.
Ideas for 'peeling the onion'
Does Lyme Rage exist?
Absolutely! This is not normally discussed in Lyme groups. People are often too embarrassed. I started noticing that my temper was 'short' soon after I was bitten. I assumed it was hormonal. Over the past few years it has become progressively worse. It's like I have no filter and no fear at times. It can come out of nowhere! You can go from normal to a raging homicidal lunatic over minor things. It's frightening at times. The best advice that I can give on this is to see a Lyme literate psychologist or counselor if possible, speak to your minister or other faith leader & try the above suggestions. I keep a journal, which helps tremendously & I have eliminated every single toxic person that I know from my life. I also pray A LOT!
Here are a few interesting articles about Lyme Rage: