In my last post I spoke about getting in touch with your inner voice or instincts by “reading” physical signs from your body. Read about that here: https://devinecoaching.net/2015/02/19/are-you-listening-to-your-instincts/
Sometimes this idea sounds silly, as in, what do you mean I need to reconnect with my body?! I’m in my body 24/7, I think I know what’s going on there!
Well, if you are very self aware, you may be right, you already know what’s there: which muscles are sore, how much sleep you need, how different foods affect your energy level, and what feeds your sense of well-being. If this is you, then congrats and keep up the good work!
Most of us think we are self aware, but really we need to do a little work to get there. I get disconnected from my physical self when I am stressed, super-busy, or not taking the time to sleep, eat well and exercise. I have a lot on my mind, and I’m preoccupied with work, my household, my bills, etc. A lot of activity is going on in my brain, but I’m not giving much attention to my physical health needs. How do I know when I’m off track? I am moody, tired, stressed, and my energy level is hovering near zero. All of a sudden I feel terrible and know I have to do something about it.
I’ve come up with a few simple ways to help me and you reset our alignment between body and mind, which leads to clearer thinking and new ideas (yes, that instinctive inner voice!) Try these out, and I guarantee you will gain some insight. Trust me when I say, I wouldn’t bother to do these things if they weren’t simple and easy, because just like you, I am entirely too busy!
1. Go for a walk, aim for 15 to 20 minutes
Why? Sustained movement gives you a good picture of your energy level and how your muscles are feeling. You may be surprised to feel more energized than you expected and/ or feel some sore muscles you were ignoring.
2. Stretch and breathe deeply, do some yoga, move slowly and carefully
Why? Simple stretching and breathing will immediately make you aware of tension you are holding in different parts of your body. Sometimes we get so used to carrying that tension around we forget it’s there.
3. Treat yourself to a massage (I know, not so simple, but useful)
Why? While getting to the spa and paying for a massage isn’t quite as easy, it will help you understand what’s going on with your body. The therapist will be working your muscles to ease tension, and you’ll soon feel those knots you were ignoring. Hopefully you will also let your mind drift, which can be a good time for original ideas to pop up.
4. Sleep and healthy eating
Why? These round out my list because our health absolutely depends on them. Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing, and there is a reason so many people are overweight and have heartburn!
A little extra time to rest, walk, stretch and eat well (vegetables, yes, I said it!), I guarantee we’ll feel better, which will help level moods, clarify thinking and decision making, and make that all important non-verbal communication coming from our “gut” easier to hear.
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