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Dr. Neha Dhakad
BHMS Homeopath Family Physician 12 Years Experience, Pune

Reigning "Negative Emotions" is the root cause of our "emotional Imbalance", which makes us unhappy, obviously the greatest source of unhappiness comes from inside.
The root cause of all our sufferings lies in our innate nature means reshaping our behavior in a way to face the life challenges, whilst eliminating the accumulated behavioral negativities should be our top priority in finding the peace of mind. While correcting "emotional imbalance" by any means, we must have an inner desire to remove the behavioral negativities from the core of our psyche. We must have a desire to tune our mind and body in a way to dominate the life situations. We must be able to handle every life situation so as to derive maximum work pleasure and ultimately happiness, out of it. We must pursue activities to release the inner sorrow.
Your self-destructive behavioral traits like selfishness, disdainful attitude, bad habits, ego, indecisiveness, sloth or shilly-shallying nature are major roadblocks on your way. So try to discard bad habits, resort to good things like yoga, meditation or exercise.

Your Emotional health can be bolstered if you:

See life in optimistic attitude and don't take yourself or life so seriously.

Realize that failure is not the end of the world.

Welcome new challenges and experiences.

Dream about new possibilities.

Believe in yourself.

Be generous in everyway including financially.

Be honest to yourself and others.

Work on your important goals.

Think on your past successes and not failures. Please note that negative thoughts are primarily responsible for emotional imbalance.

Try to find goodness in everything and put your focus on positive side.

Encourage and want others to succeed and help others in that direction.

Care about the happiness and success of others and offer them all the help and encouragement they need.

Always think of good health and prosperity. Over the period you will find this thinking will mold your psyche to have real happiness and prosperity.

Think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.

Forget your past mistakes and focus on your successes encouraging yourself to greater achievements in the future.

Do not watch, listen or read negative or bitter things, it may develop negative thinking.

When you help someone, expect nothing in return -at few times expectance may bring repentance in reply.

Always remember, "People are happy by nature-and happy people are certainly successful."

There are times when we are low, sad or even depressed and this emotional breakdown may lead to emotional eating, wherein, you tend to eat more than the required calories you would need in a day. In a fast paced life, people tend to feel isolated and that's when they find solace in nothing but food and majorly unhealthy junk food.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers have found a connection between eating chocolate and being depressed. It is said that chocolates do contain ingredients, which are known to elevate mood.

Similarly, there are other foods that are known to boost moods. But what is it that triggers the brain to reach out to junk and high-fat foods despite knowing the fact that they may harm you in the long run. According to Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Datta, "People eat lot of food to comfort themselves and divert their attention from the current situation. They turn to mostly sugary and high-fat foods to feel relieved. Hormones also play a vital role in shifting moods and eating."How does diet affect your mood?

Diet does make an important component of mental health. According to Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, a dietary pattern characterised by a high intake of fruit, vegetables, whole grain, fish, olive oil, low-fat dairy and antioxidants and low intake of animal foods has been associated with a decreased risk of depression. On the other hand, a dietary pattern characterised by a high consumption of red meat, refined grains, sweets, high-fat dairy products, et al has been associated with an increased risk of depression.

What does science say?
Eating too many sugary foods or high-fat foods can be super addictive; according to a study published in the Nature Neuroscience, eating such foods can trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain. So, the more such foods you eat, brain starts getting addicted to them, making you crave for more. It becomes a cycle and a trap for your brain. When you are sad, you tend to start eating more of these junk foods and make yourself feel better.

You tend to use food to self-medicate, which may help improve or avoid negative or uncomfortable feelings. This makes you overeat and gain weight. Another reason to reach out to these foods is that they also increase the levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that elevates moods. This helps you feel calmer and relaxed.
So if you are sad or low, make sure that you don't pick up convenient options for yourself knowing they can harm you in many ways. Make sure someone is accompanying you; someone who can divert your mind from eating too much. In case of excessive emotional eating, do not shy away from visiting a psychiatrist or concerned expert.

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