Listening to Your Body: Your Trusted Guide to Mind-Body Wellness Quality Life Forum Self-Care Series July, 2020
Your mind determines what you want and your body tells what you need. Therefore, keep the communication channel open between mind and body is essential for your wellness.
Your body is programmed for survival. Heeding early warnings for your health. Familiarize yourself with how your body communicate with you. It wants you to be well and reacts protectively. Increasing body awareness helps you sense the nuances of its messages. Listening to your body is a powerful step towards self-care that benefits mind-body wellness.
Get to know yourself more honestly
Find out few basic facts:
When and how long you sleep?
When and how often you eat?
Ask your body for what it feels like doing and the best time of doing it (i.e., sleep, meals, fitness, mental activities)
Keep a food journal for a week and see your body’s response when eating or not eating
Check your energy level before, during, and after physical activities
Sense your emotions and state of mind daily
From here, find out what works for you and establish your routines. Establish the sleeping and feeding schedule that works for your productivity and overall well-being. Try out the exercises and evaluate results; don’t follow other people’s habit for personal standard, unless you tested it. Knowing what motivate you and what not.
Your bodies are smart to react, as you act in such way naturally. They do this in the form of illness, fatigue, stress and more. All of these things are like red flags signal you to pay attention to what's going on internally. If you’re willing to listen, your body will tell you everything you need to know. And nothing is more important to your health than giving your body what it needs.
Here is how to communicate and receive feedback from your body, in 5 simple steps:
Do this the first thing in the morning when you wake up naturally and fully relaxed.
Check comfort level from head to toe and confirm you are feeling well and let go of your ego.
Ask the question (s) for your body.
Wait for the first honest thoughts comes up, not to rush, or over thinking.
Trust your gut feelings and respect your body’s feedback.
How to keep mind-body communication flow
Communication is not giving orders or directions or criticisms. Communication is like a conversation, where "listening" is just as important as "speaking." Your body communicates with you by sensations, emotions, memories (even of words) and habits. Sometimes it also uses intuition and dreams. You can consciously communicate with it by thoughts, words, imagery and conscious actions.
In what circumstance do you experience the most difficulty communicating?
What physical signals from your body tell you that it's challenging?
What do you do with that information?
Now practice your critical listening skills - listening to evaluate the content of the message. As a critical listener you are listening, analyzing, and evaluating the full message received from your body. When engaging in critical listening, you are also critically thinking.
The point of all this is to let your body guide you to your best potential in mind-body wellness. The older you are, the better your relationship with your body, and the more empowered and confident you should feel in control. By keep communications flow, you will get results. For example: Your mind is exhausted and your body is agitated. Solution: Take an exercise break to shake up that body. Outcome: Get an energized body with a refreshed mind.
In addition to cardio exercise, strength training is vital for maintain muscle mass. You naturally lose muscle over time, unless you lift weights. Many older adults feels unease with strength training. Follow your body’s guidance, don’t push too far. Moderation is the key, even light weight lifting with higher repetitions will work. Allow your body to rest for a day or two between strength training workouts. In recovery days, try stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, walking, or other physical activities to stay active.
Objective and subjective evaluations – improvements measured (i.e., body weight, blood pressure) and felt (i.e., energy level, happiness)
Get feedback – re-check how is your body feels? What did you learn from your body?
If you are serious about mind-body wellness transformation, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org today for a personalized health coaching, which will help you to identify where and why you are struggling, figure out what works for your body, discover your true potential and foster action through motivation for achieving your wellness goals.
Your mind determines what you want and your body tells what you need. Therefore, keep the communication channel open between mind and body is essential for your wellness. Communication is not giving orders or directions or criticisms. Communication is like a conversation, where "listening" is just as important as "speaking." Listen to your body is a practical wisdom.
Your body is programmed for survival. Heeding early warnings for your health. Familiarize yourself with how your body communicate with you. It wants you to be well and reacts protectively. Increasing body awareness helps you sense the nuances of its messages. Listening to your body is a powerful step towards self-care that benefits mind-body wellness. Learn how to tune in to your body, receive feedback, and practice it.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional for personal conditions.
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