Did You Know That Your Body Speaks?
11th of January, 2017
Did you know that your body speaks?? Yeah, it talks to you all day long. Most of us don’t pay attention. We rally on, completely ignoring most of the signals our bodies are giving us. We might stay up way later, than what’s good for us. We might skip a meal or stuff our face beyond our stomach’s capacity. We might ignore a gut feeling of unfulfillment, stress, anxiety.
The thing is…
As much as we might be ignoring our body’s signals, this is only going to fly for so long. Eventually your body’s quiet nudges will turn into roaring screams – that’s when you all of a sudden find yourself in cold sweats while having trouble breathing on the way to a birthday party. Or your body makes you listen/gets your attention in other ways, so now you might struggle with chronic back pain or loose half your hair.
Ok, ok. Luckily it doesn’t have to be so dramatic and those examples mentioned above are taking it quite far. But you DO need to listen to your body and pay attention to your body’s signals. Are you hungry? Eat. Do you need rest? Rest. Are you in an uncomfortable position? Move. Do you feel anxious around a specific person? Find out what that anxiety is about. Don’t just ignore it.
Even when we decide to be more mindful of our bodies, it can actually be quite difficult to tune in, especially if you have been treating your body like a machine for a long time. Learning to listen to your body can be facilitated through mindful activities such as yoga & meditation. Psychomotor therapy with its emphasis on the mind/body connection is a great gateway to helping yourself pick up on your body’s signals and act on them.
To be honest, I’m a bit uncomfortable right now, as I’m writing this sitting on my bed, so I’ll take my own advice and MOVE. I’ll leave you with this: Take a minute (wherever you are right now) to tune into your body. Notice any sensations you might have. What does it feel like to be in your body right now? What are you noticing? I’d love for you to share with me one or two words below to sum up whatever you’re sensing in your body right now. I’ll go first: back tension.
Take care ❤️