In our daily conversations about health, we clearly understand that health means physical health, because only physical health is measured and expressed by scientific consensus. However, physical health is not just a fraction of an individual’s wellbeing; the symptoms of illness are usually the ultimate exposure to an earlier event that caused a disturbance in the body’s energy field. This is an important aspect in the field of prevention, i.e. sustainable health, where the effectiveness is proportional to its earlier detection. Therefore, what is now called ‘preventive care’ does not mean prevention of disease per se, as it is limited to the analysis of Physical Health and should therefore be referred to more accurately as ‘early detection of symptoms’. In order to prevent disease and preserve the health of the individual, we need to extend our Health Analysis to all 6 elements:
We have already analyzed the first 2 elements: Physical health (when health is not enough: discover 6 elements that cannot be omitted!) and mental health (when health is not enough: how to engage emotions!) Now the question is: What is the difference between emotional health and mental health, are they not the same? At least many dictionaries define emotional and mental health as the same, and in everyday work both terms are erroneously used interchangeably.
Emotional health versus Mental health Even if there is no differentiation in the definitions in the dictionaries, a significant difference evolves when we define the concepts of emotion and mind. Emotions derive from the French word “movement or excitement”, which means that emotions are spontaneous and constantly changing. Emotions are person-specific, unconscious reactions to a situation that can result in feelings such as anger, joy, sadness, love or hatred. Expressed emotions are usually crying, shouting, laughter, shouting, trembling, stumbling, and even fainting. The Mind, on the other hand, can be defined as: what is responsible for someone’s thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; these terms are also characteristic of our daily life and how we are perceived in society. We can say: I have changed my mind by saying: I have changed my emotions, there is no sense, because emotions happen, they do not arise. Many definitions state that emotions are part of Mental Health, while the opposite definition does not apply. However, in the context of assessing Whole Human Health, Holistic Health, we have to analyze Emotions as a separate element. It is known that Emotions can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health and ultimately manifest themselves in physical illness.
For example, my own father was what people call a very emotional person. He showed frequent outbursts of extreme anger to such an extent that it threatened his work. Conscious and afraid of the situation, he suppressed his emotions. But the suppression did not change his tolerant nature and eventually fell with a massive heart attack from which he never recovered. He was never diagnosed with a mental health problem, but clearly had an emotional problem with anger management. It follows that Emotions can also have a positive effect on an individual’s well-being. My colleague Lady Doctor contracted a very aggressive character, Leukemia, and her chances of survival were very low. But she has a personality with very positive emotions, always laughing and captivating with great charisma. During the lecture she fainted and was brought to the ICU, but before her colleagues could hurry up, she disappeared. This happened many times for many years and she still lives today – as a medical miracle. But she had such positive emotions that they tempted everyone: I don’t want to give up at all!
This example shows that you can change your mood by simply changing your way of thinking. The brain controls both mood and thought, so it makes sense that what we think about can change emotions. However, this is not the whole picture, because we have to take into account other elements that play a role, such as spiritual health, which will be analyzed in the article: When health is not enough: Unlock the power of faith!
Heinz R Gisel built start-ups for laser companies and medical equipment, led new medical therapies and created global markets where they did not exist. Fascinated by the challenges of turning technology into health solutions, he realized that the current paradigm of “fixing symptoms” is flawed, and healthcare must start at a cellular level long before symptoms occur. His inexorable spirit of an innovator is now working to create awareness of his patent VitalityXress®: Predictive Health Information System that “measures” how you are healthy.