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Bad Childhood Experiences 'Mean Chronic Illness More Likely'

Children who are exposed to abuse, domestic violence or other stresses are far more likely to develop long term health problems, according to new research reported by BBC News. The study looked at a number of adverse events, including parents separating. The end result showed that children with the most adverse events were more likely to have type 2 diabetes as adults, as well as one or more other chronic illnesses.

It’s true that emotional baggage of all kinds can sabotage your health. Your thoughts and emotions, many of which are driven by subconscious beliefs and long-forgotten experiences such as those you may suffer in childhood, are a powerful force that can aid or degenerate your health. The American Medical Association states 80 percent of all health problems are stress related, and research has shown that your body’s natural stress response can have a significant impact on everything from immune function and brain chemistry, to blood sugar levels, hormonal balance, and more.

For this reason, finding ways to remove stress in your life are of ultimate importance. I talk about the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) often, but I do it for a reason: EFT has been shown time and again that it CAN help you with stress issues, and in fact has helped institutionalized adolescents deal with physical and psychological abuse.

Besides EFT, there are many other helpful stress-management strategies that you can try, including exercise, restorative sleep, meditation/mindfulness, laughter and yoga. Just learning certain relaxation skills such as deep breathing and positive visualization, which is the "language" of the subconscious, can help.
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