ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

It May Not Be "All in Your Head"

Updated on March 17, 2018
ValKaras profile image

Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Setting Myself Up for some Fussing

Some time ago a bunch of us old friends went for a full day picnic in a park-forest. As usual, we had a great time, which in our case meant our picnic table covered with stuff like roasts, breaded meats, cold cuts, cheeses, salads, and did I forget to mention cakes.

All in all it pretty much looked like we were going to feed an army of hungry teenagers. By the way, the youngest among us was in his sixties, and the oldest eighty-one. So maybe that table contents could have served as a photo in the bible where it speaks about the sin of gluttony - but it definitely didn't serve our aging bodies.

That I found out the next day, feeling heavy and still full from the food consumed in that haze of summer. When my wife asked what we were going to have for dinner, I rushed to blurt out "Hunter's dinner" - which is our joking term for "whatever you can catch in the fridge". Well, the way I felt, I thought that I would "go hunting" for the rest of that week, and it was only Monday.

Unfavorable Body-Mind Connection

Other than heaviness, there was another peculiar side effect of that indulgence, which was expressing itself as a "pair of dark glasses" that was giving everything a sort of a gloomy tone. Something that was definitely out of my emotional climate, so it took me by a surprise.

Things that I normally ignored, like that small dent on the door of my car, somehow gained in their irritating significance. One thing followed another for the rest of the day, none of them looking good.

There was that idiot who cut in front of me on the road and made me brake. And as my wife started calling him names which were better than those I had for him, I didn't contribute to the name calling. Instead, I started thinking about what was going on.

Then it hit me how back in my younger years I accidently found out from the books - not by doctors' diagnosis - that my body was not metabolizing sugar in larger quantities too well. Since it was not something of a regular problem, the book was nice enough to call it only sub-clinical hypoglycemia.

Now, thinking back about all that dessert eaten the day before, I understood why my sugar dropped so much, and why my trained ability to produce happy feelings at will was failing me.

Severe at Times and with Some People

As I don't have a habit of over-eating or indulging in wrong foods, except for some really rare and silly whims like that at the picnic, I mostly recognize that at others. I mean that shift in mood that takes a complete control over their ability to distinguish between some innocent details of life from something that deserves a concern.

I'm not kidding you, I have seen folks, and read about many more, who had so bad emotional reaction to foods that it looked like a borderline psychotic episode with a pronounced paranoia. It's truly amazing what tricks our body chemistry can play on our minds.

There are many unfortunate and totally unsuspecting folks who may spend their life tormented by "psycho-allergies", or strong sensitivities to certain foods that keep ruining their happiness, their relationships, and capacity for work.

I don't know if that branch of medicine exists these days, but back in seventies it was called "orthomolecular psychiatry" - that studied about relation of food and lousy emotionality. Personally, I am not particularly inclined to go to those extremes of being a "health nut", but I think every person should identify those foods that don't agree with their biological individuality. I know my body is not too happy with sugar and dairy - other than that I don't fuss too much over foods.

Survival Mechanism Telling Eyes what to See

Sometimes I surprise myself with ideas that pop up in my head reminding me of those so called "medical intuitives" - so let me share one of them referring to this theme. Of course, I am not asking you to take me seriously, but let's say I want to entertain you a bit with my intuitive ideas.

You see, I have spent quite some time so far brainstorming about all possible features how our survival instinct is expressing itself. At one point it hit me how every instinct, especially if pronounced in some folks is "seeking its expression" regardless whether there is a trigger present or not.

Like take those overly sexed folks. They don't have to be near a partner, they could actually be even on a farm with stinking pigs, and still get aroused. So I was reasoning that some folks whose survival "fight-flight" mechanism is trigger-happy could equally interpret just about anything innocent as a "threat" - not consciously of course, but on the "gut level".

You know what I mean? We are perfectly capable of feeling crappy for no other reason than having a wrong reaction to life situations from our survival mechanism that could have been lately made oversensitive by too much work, not enough sleep, or seeing mother-in-law too often.

Too Close for Comfort

Let me prolong my speculations for a bit. Namely, I heard of this experiment done with rats, in which too many were placed in within one small closed area. They soon started displaying strong signs of distress, including aggressive behavior.

Thinking of all those overpopulated megacities I am seeing a parallel situation with those rats, so I would say that on our animalistic level of emoting we are quite pissed off thanks to our sense of territoriality.

It doesn't help much that we can lock ourselves in our burrows and have some privacy guaranteed by the Constitution. Are you reading any of those alarmist conspiracy theories? Not that the theories must necessary be true, but they show you how their authors feel trapped and paranoid, seeing our TV as spying on us, and maybe even our toilet seats..., oh, never mind.

The suspicion remains that - either there are too many of us on this planet, or we just like getting on each other's nerves, and it doesn't matter one bit whether we live like hermits or in a skyscraper condo.

So Easy Not to Fuss - but so much Easier to Do It

On a typical late evening my wife and I sit on the couch, my arm around her shoulder and we watch a movie, or we do a crossword puzzle. At other times, I may write an article - like I am doing now, and she may read a fashion magazine - like she is doing now.

Then every so often we express satisfaction and give ourselves some credit for this little home that we have so wisely turned into our shrine of peace and harmony. While saying those words, we may mention how easy it would be to start an argument, if that's what we would want for ourselves.

Jokingly, we even invent some hypothetical reasons for arguing, realizing how "realistic", and "justified" they could look, since we are only humans, and there is always something available to pick on - again, if that's what we would want for ourselves.

Creating Problems out of Thin Air

In those idyllic moments of which there are so many in my life of a retiree it's not rare that I get one of those silly notions that "maybe I am not of this planet" - because for the life in me I can't understand why humans create so many problems for themselves.

International affairs give me the strongest of such impressions . First some problems get created - and honest to goodness it seems like they are created just for the hell of it, out of thin air.

Then some measures are undertaken that already carry a seed of another problem in that self-perpetuating merry-go-round. By its very nature, politics seems to be constantly "pregnant" with problems, and always "in heat" to conceive some new ones.

To Do or Not to Do

There is still another angle of looking at all those "aggravations" that need not to be there, and it's more of a logical nature, rather than physiological, or survival-generated, or political.

Let me put it this way : in a strictly logical sense, there are no problems to fuss about, but only things that we don't feel like doing. So, we may say : "I am having a weight problem". Hmmm, terrible isn't it? The simple fact of the matter is that we have to watch what, when, and how much we are eating, and then there wouldn't be anything like a problem.

Also, no matter what you do, don't ever join a bunch of old-timers at a picnic who compete among themselves who will bring better food, and then compete who will eat more of it.

Which brings me to one of my own favorite sayings that I would like to share at the end of this article : More problems in this world are caused by lack of knowing what NOT to do - than by lack of knowing what to do. - Be well everyone.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)