Self-Care Sunday: Are You Listening To Your Body?

Self-Care Sunday: Are You Listening To Your Body?



Your natural state of being is wholeness in every aspect of what it is to be called a human being.


Integration.  You are more than a body.  


Connection.  You take your integration of body into the world and interact with it.


You are more than a body just going about your business day-after-day.  You are a person affected by the whole of you (bio-psycho-social), and how you perceive and interact with your world.


Unless you're paying attention, you can easily find yourself reacting to stimuli, going through the routine of life and letting it affect you instead of examining and choosing how you'll respond.  The lines can quickly get blurred but can rapidly clear when you start paying attention.


Notice and Name


Many of us simply react to our day, and this habit does not support our best mental and physical health goals.  As a result we look for quick fixes, wait too long to put a self-care practice into action, comfort ourselves with foods (processed sugars, fats), substances (drugs, smoking), actions (shopping, porn/sex) or distract by numbing (TV, video games, isolation).


If you're feeling stuck, it's because you haven't been listening.  Stopping for just a few minutes to quiet yourself, hear and receive the information.  It's powerful and can be so restorative.


Learning to listen to your body and mind can help you reclain your trust in your innervoice and intuition.  Slowing down can help lower your physical and mental stress and reduce the urge to act out in harmful ways.  

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There's a simple self-care embodiment practice that can begin to reconnect you to your body's ability to restore itself.  You can start to bring awareness to parts of your life that you've ignored, or problems that you've swept under the rug.  


Until you bring those things to light, they decay.


If this has impacted you, it's best to do it NOW.  It's easy, here's how:


Take a moment to tune into what you notice going on in your body.  Try static back, or sitting in your most comfortable and peaceful place in your home, away from distractions.  Do some deep breathing then begin to ask yourself open-ended questions.


  1. 1.  NOTICE:  What sensations are you aware of in your body?  Tight shoulders?  Stiff back?  Painful neck?  You do not need to explain them, acknowledge what your body is sensing.  Stay curious for 5 minutes.
  2. ACKNOWLEDGE:  What you are sensing by then speaking those things out loud.  "My shoulders are tense."  "My neck hurts."  "My back is rigid."
  3. OWN:  Take ownership of the statements.  "I'm tensing my shoulders."  "I'm hurting my neck."  "I'm stiffening my back."  Again, you do not need to go any further with this, no explanations, just information taking it from inside your head with thoughts, to the action of the spoken word.
  4. EXPAND:  Now go ahead and expand upon those statements by taking ownership of them as they are presenting right now in your life.  "I'm tense."  "I'm hurting myself."  "I'm rigid."


Your body gives you information, signals, and clues about what's going on in your life because it's what it is designed to do.  


You aren't as in-tune with it as you could be.


The default structure of society makes it near impossible to be.


But you can take steps to reconnect and bring more wholeness to your lived experience.


Give it a go.  Your body will thank you!

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Author:  Deb Preachuk is a Certified Foundation Training & STOTT Pilates Instructor, Corrective Exercise & Posture Alignment Specialist, and the founder/owner of Pain Free Posture MN.   

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