Our bodies are constantly trying to communicate our needs before we are conscious of them, but we are often not attuned, and in too much of a rush to pick up on these signs.
Our nervous systems are responsible for all kind of hormones released in the body. These can help us have more energy, or help us relax. At times, one of these systems may be on overdrive, say when we’re anxious. Our body may be giving us many signals that we need to consciously do something to course correct. But how can we do that if we aren’t aware of what’s happening? No surprise here, noticing signals from our bodies requires some mindfulness.
As you’re reading this, be aware of how you feel in your body. Any aches and pains, any tension, overall energy level?
When you are stressed or anxious you may feel your heart beating a little faster, sweaty palms or a heavy chest, you may have a lot of tension in your back, neck or jaw. You also may notice it in your behavior. Suddenly you are borderline running around the office or trying to accomplish too many things at once. Maybe you have lack of appetite and are having trouble sleeping. Notice these patterns, notice how you feel in your body. Check in with yourself regularly, “how am I doing? Feeling?” Once you are aware, you have the opportunity to do something about it.
If you are someone who is feeling more agitated (as described above) you will want to engage your relaxation system. Ways of doing this would include taking deep breaths, taking a walk around the block, closing the office door and stretching, meditation or whatever else you find works for you. The key is to try and do this before you are experiencing full-blown overwhelm due to stress: nip it in the bud, if you will. Maybe make it part of your regular routine.
Some of you may experience the opposite. You may feel sluggish, unable to get out of bed, no motivation, maybe you’re overeating. Pay attention to these signs that your body is giving you and actively do things to counteract this. Go for a brisk walk, do 10 jumping jacks in your room, call a friend and go out for dinner. You need help activating more energy in your body.
Our minds and bodies are more connected than we think. If you can give the body what it is lacking, or asking for, then it will ultimately benefit your mind and mood. .
What are patterns you are noticing? How do you feel physically? What can you intentionally do today to counteract or balance this?
These #tips aren’t to be confused with treatment for people experiencing Anxiety or Depression, they’re not a replacement for therapy.
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