Listen to Your Body: How to Tune in and Take Control
Have you ever felt out of sync with your body? Perhaps you’ve noticed aches and pains you can’t explain, or maybe you’ve been feeling lethargic, but can’t seem to pinpoint the cause. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to ignore what our bodies are telling us, but doing so can lead to serious health problems down the line. The good news is, with a little practice, you can learn how to tune in to your body and take control of your health and wellbeing.
Pay Attention to Your Symptoms
The first step in tuning in to your body is learning to recognize the signs it’s giving you. Be mindful of any symptoms you’re experiencing, be they physical, emotional or mental. Write them down if it helps you remember them. Don’t ignore or dismiss anything, no matter how small it may seem. Keeping track will help you identify patterns and allow you to identify potential health issues before they become a bigger problem.
One of the best ways to tune in to your body is through mindfulness. This means being present in the moment and attuned to each of your senses. In today’s world, it’s easy to get lost in our thoughts, worries, and to-do lists. Mindfulness helps you slow down and refocus your attention on your body. Practice mindful breathing, mindful eating, or mindful movement (like yoga or Tai Chi) to start.
Take Care of Your Gut Health
Your gut health is crucial for overall wellness, and when your gut is unhappy, it can affect everything from your mood to your energy levels. The good news is, there are several simple things you can do to take care of your gut health. Start by choosing whole foods, and eliminate processed foods and sugar from your diet. Eat plenty of fibre, and make sure you’re getting enough pre-and probiotics. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day.
Get Enough Sleep
Many of us underestimate the importance of sleep. Sleep is crucial for both physical and mental health. During sleep, your body repairs and regenerates itself, giving you the energy and motivation you need for the day ahead. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can lead to a whole host of problems, including weakened immunity, weight gain, and decreased mental function. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night, and establish a relaxing bedtime routine to help you wind down.
Listen to Your Body
The most important step in tuning into your body is simply listening to it. Your body is always communicating with you, but you need to learn its language. If you’re feeling tired, rest. If you’re feeling hungry, eat. If you’re feeling stressed, take a break and practice mindfulness or deep breathing. Trust your instincts and listen closely to your intuition; your body knows what it needs to stay healthy and balanced.
Learning to tune in to your body is a process, but it’s one that’s well worth the effort. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can start to take control of your health and wellbeing. Pay attention to your symptoms, cultivate mindfulness, take care of your gut health, get enough sleep, and above all, listen to your body. Your health is in your hands – start today!
Want to know more? Discover more about the benefits of scientific mindfulness meditation for wellbeing in Dr. Elise Bialylew’s book The Happiness Plan 💛
"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."
- DR ELISE BIALYLEW
about the HOST AND FOUNDER OF
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DR ELISE BIALYLEW
Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.
A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.
Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.
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