It’s a rainy day outside, the perfect kind for snuggling up with a good book…or writing a blog post! This week was slower for me, it started off with me not feeling so well. In the past, I would have given NO thought to how I felt but instead gave myself the “Suck it up, buttercup!” pep talk and hustled through my day: “There’s no time for not feeling well!”; “I don’t have room in my schedule to be sick!”; “I can’t take a day off to rest!“
But here’s the thing - while that mentality serves us well when our bodies are in relative homeostasis (when all is going as it should), it can be potentially harmful when homeostasis is being disrupted due to illness, injury or other bodily distress.
Our bodies are incredibly designed to give us warning signs when something is causing us to veer off course, physically, mentally, emotionally. When was the last time you actually paid attention to your body when it started sending those signals? And not only paid attention, but responded in a way that brought you back into balance?
I decided to do just that this week. I took a day off. I listened to my body. I responded to it. Not surprisingly, my “down” time was much shorter than if I had just plowed ”full steam ahead” like before. So what are some ways you can listen and respond to your body? Here are some ideas:
Get some rest. Turn off the TV, put down your phone and trying going to bed an hour earlier. Maybe you need an afternoon or day to unplug.
Stay hydrated…with water. Things move more efficiently through the body with good fluid intake.
Meditate. Practice “turning off” your mind for even a few minutes at a time and focusing on an object, place, word or a sense, like the feel of your breath moving in and out of your body.
Have fun! Do something different than normal, an activity you find enjoyable, or connect with someone you haven’t seen in a while.
Eat well. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Consume more produce and proteins that are designed to aid our bodies’ processes rather than food that is processed itself.
Become your body’s best friend. Pay attention when it sends SOS signals and answer appropriately and compassionately. Like any best friend, it will be very grateful you did!
In good health,