I read this Kurdish saying recently: The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.
It sums up so well how intertwined our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations are. There is no divide between mind and body. Each emotion we feel has a corresponding sensation in our bodies, if only we are aware enough to recognise it. If we are unwell in our bodies, we will feel unwell in some way emotionally. And, of course, if we are unwell in our minds then our bodies suffer too. So, to take care of ourselves emotionally we need to be able to take care of ourselves physically. By this I don’t mean obsessing about healthy eating, or punishing ourselves through exercise: I mean respecting, honouring and caring for our physical needs, and our emotional needs too. If either of these feel too hard to do, we need to recognise that something isn’t right for us, and find the help we need.