I have long been fascinated by the link before the mind and emotions and bodily health.
The pop anthropologist, Desmond Morris explains in Man-Watching that when one has had entirely too much, people tend to get ill. They take to bed, and are babied. People talk to them in soft and gentle voices, and give them the food of babies–bland foods, soups…
I often get a cold under stress, and, under protracted stress, get a chesty cough which settles. I was doing entirely too much this term and consequently was having trouble fighting off my cold and cough.
And so, I cut one thing. French language classes at the University, deciding instead to get a tutor to come to me. And so, instead of having to do homework today, I had a free day. And a very much clearer schedule.
And miraculously, am shaking the cough, just with the sheer reduction of tension and pressure.