Listening to Our Body’s Needs

Most of us live a busy life with demanding schedules, whether it is work and/or family related. Not only do we care for ourselves, we often care for others. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day demands or sidetracked by distractions. At times it feels that the days turn into weeks, months, and then years. While we are busy and at times consumed with work, relationships, and schedules, we often lose sight of ourselves.

Yet our bodies require so much of us that we need to be healthy enough to function personally and professionally on a daily basis. So what happens when our well-being is no longer a priority or at the bottom of the to-do-list? How does our body tell us?

From my own experience and that of family, friends, and clients, our body is constantly sending us signals that we need to pay attention to or change something. These signals can come in the form of headaches/migraines, loss or increase in appetite and weight, loss of hair, irregular sleep, grinding/clenching teeth, breakouts, and mood swings among others.

Awful, right?!

Worse is that sometimes we are extremely busy that these signals go unnoticed or we are unwilling to address them or looking for a quick fix from the doctor in the form of a pill.

Why is it generally as a society, we are reluctant to prioritize self-care?

Many countries around the globe value self-care, and in some it is considered sacred. Simply, if we are not our best, then we can not be our best for others or expected to produce high quality output.

All we need to do is listen to what our body is telling us. You don’t have to take a vacation to run away from stress, sleep adequately, or find that longing sense of peace and quiet.

As adults, we can take time outs.

Maybe we participate in a hobby, meditate, exercise, turn our electronics off in the evening, set a sleep schedule, or say no to over scheduling ourselves. Even just a walk in nature to calm our minds and breathe in fresh air has many benefits.

With that said, the next time your body is sending signals that something is off, listen to it. Treat your body with love, respect, and honor it for everything it provides.

It is your temple. Care for it and it will care for you.

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