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Ah the ever so elusive mind-body connection. Or what I like to call, self awareness.
We live in a world of constant stimulation, tasks, duties etc. that keep us stuck in our routines/habits, both good and bad. Even if a routine is ‘healthy’ or productive, being on autopilot disengages us from how we really feel or what we really need. So, I want this newsletter to be a reminder to check in with yourself more often, question your habits and deepen your thoughts / wonders.
If you take care of your physical body, your mind will benefit. When your mind benefits, you’ll find yourself more capable to take care of your physical body. It’s a very wonderful cycle!
Bottom line? How you treat your physical body is directly connected to how you feel. Things like:
-your food and drink choices
-how much sleep you get
-your water intake
-how you move
Greatly impact how you feel and of course, your overall health. Obviously, this isn’t news. We all know what we need to do to improve how we feel but how do we actually take action??
Well, start to COMMUNICATE with yourself! Listen to what your body is trying to tell you and let that be the evidence and push you need to create change.
Begin by simply paying attention to every behavior/routine/habit you have. This way, you can gather information on what is helping you, hurting you or keeping you the same.
By bringing more awareness/attention to this mind/body connection, you will gain a true, PERSONAL understanding about how your eating, exercise and lifestyle habits relate to your mood, stress, energy levels and entire well being.
If you don’t listen to your body’s most gentle messages, they’re only going to get louder. Our bodies WANT to feel good, which is why they try to let us know when things aren’t right. It’s YOUR responsibility to become more aware of these messages and start taking proper action.
Our bodies speak to us all day through signals that are both subtle and loud. From hunger to heartburn, soreness to joint pain. It’s up to you to take these messages and reflect on WHY they are occurring. The problem is, many people just slap a bandaid on these signals, rather than considering the root cause / how they could be a result of a certain habit.
You have some joint pain, your knees are killing you. Are you just popping ibuprofen to mask the pain? Or did you consider is something in your diet is causing the inflammation? (Remember, sugar is one of the most inflammatory foods!) Are you taking a high quality multi-vitamin and fish oil to give your body the nutrients and anti-inflammatory omega 3’s it needs to help you feel good and move well? Are you strength training the muscles surrounding your sore joints? Are you moving them often? How are your movement patterns? Are you sitting or sleeping a certain way that could be causing this discomfort?
Ibuprofen is a way of ignoring the issue. Asking yourself these questions is responding to the signal in a responsible and productive way.
It’s 3pm. You’re at your desk. You’re tired and you have a headache. Coffee will solve both of these problems!! But wait. How much water have you had today? Perhaps you’re just dehydrated? How much sleep did you get last night? Did you have a nourishing, balanced meal at lunch?
In this case, coffee is ignoring the problem. Asking yourself these questions is getting to the ROOT of the issue so you can properly solve it and prevent it in the future.
When you aren’t paying close attention to your body’s messages, you are just moving closer and closer to larger issues such as illness, disease, high blood pressure, obesity etc. These are all things that happen over time. Time spent ignoring signals that could easily be alleviated with some simple thought, consideration and action. So, start listening to your body the first time it tells you something, before it’s too late.
Connecting your mind and body is like waking up. It’s finding clarity and control. It’s gaining a whole new appreciation and respect for your body. It’s learning to TRUST your body and work WITH it. It’s freedom and it’s confidence.
Next week I’ll be going even deeper on this topic and sharing tips to strengthen your mind and body connection but until then, here is your homework:
Simply start paying attention to all of your body’s signs and signals. What are you noticing? Analyze it WITHOUT judgement. Simply allow your mind and body to exchange information.
I hope this was helpful and I’d love to hear what you find this week as you begin listening to your body more and exploring it’s signals. Click that reply button or shoot me an email at [email protected] : )