Learning to listen to your body isn’t something you can overnight, in a week, or even a month. You can certainly improve in that time frame, but listening to your body is something you need to do regularly. It’s something you need to do often for it to become second nature – and something you need to practice even once you believe you have the hang of it for it to stick with you.
Let’s take a look at a few things you should be doing if you want to learn to listen to your body:
1. Eat Slowly
Eat slowly and enjoy your food. Pay attention to texture and taste, and put your knife and fork down between bites. Make an effort to chew more, and don’t scroll or watch TV as you eat. Just focus on your food. This should help you to understand when you are full and avoid overeating.
2. Don’t Multitask
Multitasking can feel like we’re getting more done, but it doesn’t actually allow us to get into a state of flow and focus. Flow and focus is where we can lose track of time and even ourselves! However, the ‘flow state’ has also been linked to feeling happier and better well-being. Clock watching isn’t how we want to spend our days. Try to get lost in what you’re doing and cultivate a deep focus.
Meditation is not just for hippies and monks. This practice will allow you to quieten the thoughts in your mind and feel your emotions. Your gut is the ‘second brain’ and can be a huge indicator of how you really feel about certain things. That being said, solutions to problems and other things will sometimes come to you in thought form – however, if your mind is messy, they will be less likely to come through. A regular practice, even a short one, can help you to get more in touch with yourself on many levels.
4. Don’t Put Off Health Check Ups
If you have a slight inkling something may be wrong, book a check up. Even if you don’t, make sure you don’t put them off! If you ever need to work with a knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney you’ll understand why it’s so important you get checked out as soon as possible. Your health isn’t something you should gamble with.
5. Get In Touch With Your Intuition
Everybody has an inner knowing, or ‘intuition’. Whether you’re spiritual or not, you can probably agree that at some point in your life you ‘knew’ something without quite knowing how. Maybe you ignored your intuition and felt annoyed because you should have gone with your first instinct? To get in touch with your intuition you really need to work on quieting those anxious thoughts and trying to listen to your calmer thoughts and the feelings that come with them. If you have a feeling that you can’t seem to shake off and you don’t know how it got there, it’s probably intuition.
6. Learn To Love, Accept, and Appreciate Your Body
We are taught from a young age that we shouldn’t love ourselves – we’re too skinny, too big, too this, too that. Learning to appreciate your body can actually be an act of defiance, but it’s so important!
What other ways do you listen to your body? Let me know in the comments below!