Your Body Will Talk To You. Are You Listening?
We’ve all heard the phrase “listen to your body” when it comes to our health and well-being, but what exactly does it mean to listen to your body? How do you tune-in to what your body is telling you in order to feel, understand and prepare for what is happening beneath your skin’s surface?
For one, listening to your body means understanding what your body wants and needs to function well and feel good. Our bodies were made to operate on food, water, exercise, sunlight and rest. We must have a healthy balance of each of those components in order to survive and exist comfortably. If you have an excess of clean water, plenty of nutritional food, and run 10 miles in the sunshine every day but haven’t slept for more than 4 hours in a 48-hour time frame, your body will know that something is missing from the equation of its healthy existence. Your body will feel the effects of your lack of sleep and will communicate the need for rest to you by begging for more oxygen to your blood stream (yawning), trying to convince you to isolate yourself and close your eyes (moodiness & irritability), disabling your abilities to function cognitively (clumsiness, lethargy, lack of coordination).
You will not feel healthy, you will not feel happy and you will not feel well until your body receives the rest it desperately needs. The same type of decline happens when you don’t have enough food (hunger pains, lack of energy, moodiness, lethargy) or water (nausea, moodiness, confusion, extreme thirst). Our body has ways of letting us know that we are missing something that is keeping us from being healthy and feeling well.
Correctly Translate What You Hear
The second way to listen to your body is by gaining knowledge about what you may be feeling if your system isn’t functioning properly. If you know the signs of potentially dangerous or life-threatening events happening within your body, you can hopefully react and prevent further damage or death. For example, if you know that weakness or pain in your left arm could potentially mean you’re having a heart attack, you may be able to save your own life by taking an aspirin and then calling for an ambulance. Or if you know that after being in the sun for several hours, dizziness or confusion might be signs of heat exhaustion and you can get the help you need before things get worse.
Our bodies are made to send us signals to notify us if things aren’t operating properly within and we should all take great care in paying attention to those signals. Knowing your body and listening to what your body is telling you could be the difference between life and death. So, do yourself a favor and learn to listen to your body – in many instances, your body will be able to tell you more than you realize about what is happening beyond your visual point-of-view.
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