You know you’re meant to “listen to your body”, but are you sick of trying but hearing a whole lot of nothing?
If so, you’re totally normal and you CAN learn to hear those quiet whispers.
It’s actually a matter or ‘relearning’ and tuning in to what we already ultimately ‘know’. We’ve been taught NOT to listen to our bodies from the time we were little kids. We learn to ignore what our tummies are telling us. We have morning tea at 10am and lunch at 1pm, if your hungry outside of those times, too bad. You also have “finish all the food on your plate” whether you’re hungry or not. You see, it’s not your fault.
The behaviour is now ingrained. You know how it goes, you feel like you’re getting sick but you agree to a girls night anyway, as you’re getting ready, you look into the mirror, a little deeper… your body is whispering “no” it’s uneasy.
In that moment your body is trying to get through to you, telling you, it’s tired, exhausted and what it actually needs is rest and nourishment. It’s crying out for you to listen in to your truth, without letting that big annoying ego get in the way!
But if you fear letting people down and you haven’t learned to honour your body, you might go anyway. The next day you are REALLY sick. You have to take time off work, you can’t exercise and your mind is a fog.
The trouble is, when you choose not to hear that little voice, over and over, your body will eventually scream out to you, in the form of depression, thyroid issues, weight gain or any other crappy health issue.
Think back to the last time you were mentally or physically unwell; there is always a whisper.
So here’s how to re-connect before it comes to that:
+ Forget the ‘shoulds’ and put your ego aside. If you’re mind is saying, you must go to the gym today, but your deeper knowing is that your body needs rest, honour that. You will come back with more energy to push harder tomorrow.
+Move your body and eat in a way that feels good to you. Forget about what is working for others, if running doesn’t feel right, walk or do yoga instead.
+Don’t be so rigid in your habits that there is no room to mix things up. If you want a bit of dark chocolate on a Wednesday, but you’d planned to only have desert on a Friday, relax a bit. Have it today instead. No biggie.
+Stop, drop and breathe. It amazing how two minutes of breathing or meditation can help mend our mind/body connection. Focus on the breath.
+Ask your higher self what it needs. Sounds woowoo, but don’t underestimate the wisdom within you. Block outside influences and the right decision will come from this place. Don’t wonder what would (whoever) do?
+Practice makes perfect. You’re human so you’ll slip up, but just enjoy the process and experiment with listening to your body and giving it what it needs.
+Forget the scales and any kind of measuring. Again drop the ego and let your body find it’s happy and healthy weight. It might seem scary at first but it really will find it’s perfect place and that will be a beautiful place to live in.
+Tell your head to butt out. Don’t go over-analysing health decisions.
The common thread here is self-trust. You know what’s best for you, don’t doubt that.
I’d love to know how you are learning to listen to your body. What tools help you to reconnect?
Stay well. JT xx