Emotions are reflectors, giving messages about thought patterns. When one repeats negative thoughts, it is a sign that an issue – whether physical, emotional or mental – needs to be dealt with.

We have many different emotions and all for good reason.

Feeling down can indicate the body’s need for rest, while an emotion of peacefulness may be expressed after a period of solitude, reflecting what has just been experienced.

How do you see yourself?

Do you ever have negative thoughts about yourself?

How do you handle your intense emotions such as impatience, irritation or frustration? Do you let them take control of you or do you release them in some way?

In a Huffington Post article, Dr. Cynthia Taik writes, “Prolonged bouts of anger can take the toll on the body in the form of high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, headaches and poor circulation. Research also shows that even one five-minute episode of anger is so stressful that it can impair your immune system for more than six hours”. Even one five-minute episode of anger can impair your immune system for more than six hours.

Case Studies

I recently had two clients come to see me about two different issues:

  • A negative self-image, specifically physically related
  • High emotions that would result in overreaction and later, regret

Both issues I dealt with in the same way, with the gentle and powerful properties of specific plants – walnut, crab apple, holly, cerato, mimulus and white chestnut, to name a few. These of course, are just some of the 38 plants which Dr. Edward Bach used in his famous ‘flower remedies’.

If you have ever used ‘Rescue Remedy’ then you will know how fast and effectively Bach Flower Remedies work.

Fortunately, there are enough original mother tinctures to make numerous combinations for every possible kind of ailment or issue. In order to choose the right combination, one needs to assess the emotions that are surfacing. This can be tricky as sometimes we do not want to face our feelings.

Natural Remedies

Dr. Bach said, “As the herbs heal our fears, our anxieties, our worries, our faults and our failings, it is these we must seek and then the disease, no matter what it is, will leave us.”

Dr. Bach stated the real causes of disease to be:

  • Doubt
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Ignorance
  • Impatience
  • Indecision
  • Restraint
  • Restlessness
  • Over-enthusiasm
  • Terror
  • Weakness

Negative thoughts, when not cleared, will perpetuate causing self-destruction in a myriad of ways.

The type of life worth living

What type of life do you want? What type of thoughts do you think? Do the two match?

Do you find it difficult to change a cycling pattern of negative thoughts?

Here are three ways to break a negative thought cycle:

1. Move

Exercise gets the heart pumping and releases feel-good endorphins. Stimulating movement in the body and the mind also helps dispel unwanted thoughts.

2. Practice gratitude

Change your negative thoughts into positive by taking a moment to think of everything you have to be grateful for. You could try listing five to 10 benefits of what feels like a stressful situation, which will help your brain to reframe it.

3. Let it out

Breathe deeply, sing a joyful song or watch a comedy that you know will make you laugh.

About the author: Helen Hansen is a stockist of Bach Flower Remedies and a registered kinesiologist. Personalised mixtures are made for only R200, plus R100 postage.



Health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice.