We’re all born knowing exactly how to listen to our bodies, and we act on it (usually by crying for our caregiver!). However, over time we’re slowly trained to stop trusting ourselves, to stop listening to our bodies, and to stop expressing authentic emotions right away. Then, later on, we’re encouraged to learn it all again. Being a human is a wild ride, isn’t it?
If you want to be able to listen to your body again, to understand what it’s telling you and not have to rely on Google or somebody else, then read on. Here’s what you should know about learning to listen to your body:
Yep, that advice again! Just about every post on the internet tells people to meditate these days – but trust us, it’s with good reason. Meditation forces us to slow down. It forces us to pay attention to how we’re feeling head to toe, both physically, and mentally. It’s rare people actually take the time to slow down and ask their body what it needs or wants, which is why meditation is so important. If you’re worried you won’t be able to develop a daily practice, just do it for two minutes a day. Really take your time building a habit and very slowly increase the amount of time spent meditating so that you can do it regularly. You’ll quickly notice other benefits, such as better clarity, more creativity, and a deeper sleep quality too.
- Tired? Do Less
Feeling tired is a sign, and trying to continue how you would on a normal day could be a big mistake. Working out when tired gives us more chance of becoming injured. Driving while tired is extremely dangerous. If you’ve not had enough sleep, for whatever reason, ask yourself what you can cut from your to-do list. You can then go to bed earlier ready for the next productive day.
If you’re constantly tired, make sure you see a health professional to find out why. Searching Google could lead you to diagnose yourself with conditions like pirna biogenesis, so make yourself a priority by making a doctor’s appointment.
- Take A Second Before Giving An Answer
Different people probably ask you questions every day. However, as most of us are trained to answer with what we think we should say, or what the other person wants to hear, rather than what we want to say, it can be difficult to decipher our own thoughts and opinions from that of who we have been trained to be. Try waiting a second before answering a question, whether it’s your boss asking it or a family member. Try to drop into your stomach and pay attention to how it feels. Your feelings give you a huge indication of how you truly feel, and ignoring them can only work for so long. Your job is to put your authentic feelings into words. Ask yourself these questions:
- If I could label this feeling, what would I call it?
- Is there a gentle voice in my head I’m ignoring? What’s it saying? – Intuition is quiet and gentle. It is not urgent and loud – that’s anxiety.
- Live In The Moment
When you’re stressed or anxious, you’re living in the past or future. Living in the moment can be difficult, but it’s all we have. Bring yourself back to the present moment as often as you need to.