On the most basic level, all emotions are experienced in the body. We might notice stress by how we feel emotionally or by what we are thinking, but there is also something happening physiologically in your body, too. How well we are taking care of our body will have a major impact on how we experience our stressful emotions.
If you are hungry, tired or sick, you are much more vulnerable to stressful events. Think back to the last time you had a bad headache and got stuck in traffic. Weren't you more on edge? Did you want to scream at the guy in front of you for talking on his cell phone?
We all have a certain amount of stress in our lives, but if we keep our bodies in good physical condition, we can increase the capacity for how much stress we can experience before it becomes a problem. What does this mean exactly? It means living as balanced of a life as we can.
Just like our mothers always told us, we need to get enough sleep, we need to eat a balanced diet, we need to exercise regularly and we need to go to the doctor when we aren't feeling well.
Why sleep, exercise and a healthy diet make a difference