In the StressLogosEros model, body state refers to the experienced
state. Only you know what you are feeling in your body, and you
can use this knowledge to improve your well-being. Bodily sensations
can be uncomfortable and comfortable, strong and weak. It is
good for you to be aware of your body's signals and know something
about what they mean.
The sensations will most likely be a sign of your emotional state,
e.g. stress, but can also be symptoms of illness. If you misinterpret
stress symptoms and believe that you are sick, this can lead
to anxiety which can further increase the sensations, etc., in
a vicious circle.
Knowledge about physical stress symptoms is therefore valuable.
Conversely, it is also good to be aware of and know something
about comfortable sensations and relaxation, so that you can
sense what is healthy for your body.
You can read more about these factors under the four states in
the StressLogosEros model.
It is good to be aware of bodily balances such as tiredness/vitality,
hunger/satisfaction and exercise/rest, and take them into account
in your daily routine: for example, be aware of lifestyle illnesses
such as burnout, obesity and heart disease.
A common symptom of illness is pain. This is something you feel
in your body, but it is not an emotion. Pain is a localised,
uncomfortable sensation, which can vary in strength from a light
discomfort to a very painful experience.
Pain is the result of stimulation of sensory nerves, usually
due to injury or illness.
However, there is an interplay between pain and stress. Long-term
stress states involving muscle tension, for example in the neck,
shoulders and back, can lead to localised pain. Conversely, all
kinds of pain above a certain intensity will be a stress factor
that triggers anxiety and frustration, which can in turn worsen
the pain experience.
The word pain is also used as an expression for stress feelings,
e.g. a painful experience, but this has nothing to do with pain
as a sensory perception.