Are you lost in your Schedule? Want to know the step by step process of healing relationships with your body.
Listen! take a deep breath, listen carefully to what your body says. Start acknowledging your relationship with your body.
Have you ever noticed feeling light and physically relaxed when you’re happy? Or noticed sensations of unease in your heart, stomach, or gut when you’re upset? These sensations are your body’s way of getting your attention, so that you could respond to whatever life throws at you with deep inner feelings of wholeness, resilience, and well-being.
Other than listening to the sensations (light and heavy) that our body generates, we often hear people saying that, in order to be healthy we should listen to our bodies. But what does that mean? How do we do that? So ladies we would interpret our relationship with our bodies:
Keep a journal
- Write down at least one thing that you can do to nurture and care for your body e.g.: a massage, pedicure, early night, drink lots of water
- Write down at least one thing that you are grateful to your body e.g.: helping you stay awake in that boring meeting, giving you just enough energy to run around, helping you through that grueling workout.
- Keep track of what foods you eat, exercise you do, and your energy levels – not to count calories or to make yourself feel guilty – but to keep a track on your routine activities. Do you feel heavy after eating certain foods? Do you have more energy and clarity after doing certain activities? Does going for a run make you feel like you’ve just cleared the clutter from your brain?
Interpret the warning signals
Understand what signals our bodies are conveying, whether it is related to the workout we do or the food intake we usually have. If it is asking you to stop exercising because you are feeling lethargic and you have overdone it or it is warning you to stop eating more because you are already stuffed.
We need to understand the warning signals our bodies give so that we could develop an effective relationship with our bodies.
Meditation actually cleanse your body and make the relationship of your mind with your heart stronger, you would start feeling more relaxed and free from all the insecurities and anxieties. So ladies take out a little time out of your schedule and follow this procedure:
- Sit in a comfortable position, with your feet firmly planted on the ground.
- Take a deep breath in. Pause. And then release your breath slowly out. Repeat three times.
- Concentrate on the supreme power in the world and try to play a soothing mantra (Buddhism) in the background, it surely helps.
Mindful eating is another great way of listening to your body. It involves creating a healthy relationship with your food, mind and body and learning to become the expert of your own unique body. Tips to eat mindfully:
- Switching off the TV and other distractions whilst eating so that you can be fully present
- Being consciously mindful of whether you are hungry before, during and after eating – and letting this hunger drive your food choices
- Before eating, asking yourself “will this food sustain me or exhaust me?”
- Being aware of whether you are eating out of physical hunger (because you’re actually hungry) or emotional hunger (e.g., because you’re bored, sad, tired)
Sweat it out
Indulge yourself more into physical activities such as, exercising in a gym(cardio, aerobics), practicing yoga, jogging in a park, or cycling. This way you would start feeling motivated, and energetic all day and would be able to connect to your body more.
Start a self-care practice
Some of us are great at creating exercise and meal plans for ourselves, however not so great at looking at our lives holistically and thinking about what we need to care for ourselves. This often includes things like Me Time, pampering, and most importantly – rest and relaxation. It is in these times of self care and rest that we can find ourselves connecting to our bodies and our needs. Developing a self-care practice can be highly beneficial for your health and sanity.
I hope this article would help you strengthen your relationship with your body furthermore.
Lets glide together.