Listen to you body. It is a naturally functioning structure that works on it own. Do you need to tell yourself to breathe or to make your heart beat? As healthy humans, our body knows what it needs and what to do.
If you are hungry, eat, if you are not, do not eat. If your are tired, sleep, if you are not able to, your body is communicating that it does not need to sleep at the moment. Just because there are norms of what you are supposed to do and when does not mean that you need to in order to be “good” or “healthy.” Similar to phases in life, just because your friends are getting married or are beginning new careers does not mean that that is right for you too. Like finding your own equilibrium you have to find what works for you. Listen to your body, it will tell you what you need.
Often, when working through the mind-body connection, the first step is to revert back to basics: listen to your body. When working through a distorted eating habit, the first practice is to eat when you are hungry and to not eat on the contrary. When working through challenging sleep, you are to not stress about when you should or should not be sleeping. You should listen to your body as it will tell you when to sleep.
Your body is a powerful, autonomous, and high-functioning mechanism that is much stronger than you can imagine. It is what keeps you going. By listening to it, your conscience and your body begin to function symbiotically, like a well-oiled machine.
Last Monday morning, I was feeling particularly antsy. It was like I had just received a rush of adrenaline. My foot was tapping and I just wanted to burst out the door and run. I was supposed to be sitting at a desk for the rest of the day, but felt the absolute need to go outside and run. It was a beautiful spring day, the first after a rainy stretch, and my body was asking me to go revel outdoors. (I am not an naturey person, but you know that feeling when it is so beautiful outside and you cannot resist?). Instead of doing what I thought I need to do, I did what my body was asking. It felt amazing, and I was able to return to my desk recharged and in sync with my body. I felt ready to tackle was I needed to do, yet felt like my mind and body were now synchronized.
The mind-body connection is so powerful. That is why consuming the right foods, and giving your body what it needs is so vital. The physical and physiological affects the psychological.
The next time you are skeptical about what to do, listen to your body. It will tell you where to go, physically and mentally.
A friend and acupuncturist recently told me to assess how I feel in every situation. By listening to my body and gauging how I feel, I am more in touch with myself and understand what I want and, in turn, need. Listening to your body can help you make that next jump on your journey. This jump forward will only lead you further.