Aren’t emotions and feelings the same thing?

No, not really. Feelings are what the physical body feels. Emotions are the energetic signatures of our human feelings.

Which emotions are healthy?

Frankly, in my opinion, all emotions are healthy. Yes even “the bad ones”. What actually makes them bad is how we deal with them.

Emotions become unhealthy if repressed or overindulged. 

When we repress emotions, we are trying to ignore them. We stuff them down when they try to become top of mind. These emotions are usually associated with bad experiences and memories.

When we overindulge our emotions, we feed them in excess which makes it difficult to release them. We feel sorry for ourselves or continue to fume with anger or worry about something.

If we feed into those emotional feelings, we can cause negative behavior. I call these emotional misdemeanors.

These are 5 Emotional Misdemeanors that can affect your health:

  1. Fear
  2. Anger
  3. Worry
  4. Guilt
  5. Shame

All emotions serve us in some way. Therefore they are all healthy, in moderation. When these emotions are ignored or overindulged they can cause health issues. Let’s dig deeper into each of them.


Fear can be very reactionary; flight, fright or freeze. This causes stress and anxiety which affects the physical body and can show up as anxiety and stress.

Heart conditions and high blood pressure are often attributed to poor diet, yet fear and the other emotional misdemeanors can be a major cause as well. Fear and stress affect the adrenal glands as well as the autonomic nervous system which controls the involuntary body functions. So if fear makes you freeze, what do you think that is doing to your autonomic nervous system? This means your heart rate, digestive system (liver, stomach, intestines) as well as your kidneys and bladder could be affected. With all of those possibilities, the odds aren’t good!


Anger is also reactionary. One can stew in their emotional juices by suppressing it or blow their top in anger. Either way, doing this often can definitely affect the health, especially in the area of the liver and gallbladder. It can also lead to addictions such as substance abuse and overeating, to name a couple of the obvious ones.


Worry is similar to the issues that fear causes. It also creates tension in the body and can adversely affect the endocrine system which produces the body’s chemical messengers. These chemicals are hormones that affect change in the body. If there is overexertion of these hormones, due to worry, there can be all sorts of imbalances in any area of the body. The stomach is vulnerable to worry; when we can’t “stomach” or “digest” something. An upset tummy can definitely wreak havoc on our current frame of mind.


Our internal compass of right or wrong is a healthy way to help us make good decisions. But an excess of guilt, especially ongoing, can cause autoimmune disorders. Like the body is literally eating itself up with guilt.


Shame is often silent and internalized. It can fester unseen by anyone but the person who feels it. It eats away at the body and can cause it to age abnormally fast. Depression and shame can sometimes be associated with each other. Shame can partner up with all of the other emotional misdemeanors which amplifies the effect it has on the body.

How to Combat Emotional Misdemeanors

A healthy way to deal with repressed or overindulged emotions is to clear them energetically. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also called Tapping is very proactive at releasing the unhealthy energy of emotions, memories, habits, and addictions. This is a gentle method that is easy to learn and is very empowering for the person who suffers from any emotional misdemeanors.

As an EFT Practitioner, I gently guide you through the process to help you uncover the cause of your physical or emotional upset. Together we tap through and release the stuck emotional energy. You learn how to follow up with tapping on your own. And you have my confidential support as needed afterward. Often one session is enough. Yet for deep-seated issues, it is best to get a series of sessions to address anything else that may be uncovered in the process. Each session is at least an hour long and can be in person or over the phone. I use Skype or Zoom (an online conference app) so it doesn’t matter where in the world you are. Zoom sessions can be recorded for your benefit so you can revisit the session.

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