Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When your body speaks, listen

Have you spent most of your life ignoring the needs of your body, just expecting it to do everything you want to do? Yup, me, too.

As you and I age, our bodies seem to speak up more! There's a little creak here and a groan there. Feet hurt. Knees buckle. Repetitive motion causes pain one place or another.

Maybe it's time to listen! In the midst of your busy life, perhaps it's time to pay attention to what your body needs. Maybe you don't have to push yourself so hard anymore. Isn't it possible that someone else can lift and carry those heavy loads? Or can the load be broken up into several smaller ones? Do you really have to work 10- to 12-hour days?

Perhaps it's time to learn to take breathers. To rest occasionally. To treat yourself to yoga classes, tai chi, occasional massages and other things that open up those tight and tense muscles. Maybe, dare I say it, you could even learn to take an occasional nap? Oh, I know, you and I have so much to do that we just don't have time to stop. But once rested, perhaps we'd even accomplish more. And be even more creative.

One thing I've learned, however: If you don't take care of your body and listen to what it wants and needs, it will find a way to get what it needs. It will get sick or break down in some way that's far less desirable than the self-care methods you can learn now to employ.

What one thing will you do today to engage in better self-care for your body?

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