So we are coming up to Autumn even though the sun thankfully is still smiling upon us, but before long the nights will be drawing in, and we’ll all be planning our Christmas Jollies. I personally love Autumn the rich colours of the trees, the crunchy leaves underfoot and the Autumnal fashion, all cosy mustards, berries, caramels and bottle green. However, I know not everyone loves this time of year. So how are we going to get through Autumn? Well we’re going to start an Autumnal Body Love Project. Each week, I’ll be giving you one suggestion of something to do to enrich either your mind, body or soul starting today with Listening to Your Body.
So let’s be honest doing things that benefit your body isn’t always the easiest thing to do. For example, I know my body is telling me to lay on the sofa and watch First Dates and drool over Fred, but my mind tells me I need to get on top of chores which will still be there tomorrow. I used to be able to pretty much ignore what my body wants, but these days, I really need to listen to it. I know that if I don’t, I am stacking up problems for myself as I get older.
So, this week is all about working to listen to your body, understand what it needs, and give it what it needs – this will be different for all of us but we all need to listen to our bodies more. How does this relate to you I hear you ask. Well for example, I have friends who have had a sports injury and they need rest, but they ignore that rest. So don’t push yourself, and ignore pain, address the pain.
I have lower back problems so I need to address them, and do gentle exercises to strengthen it, not that I always do them as other things get in the way but my body is telling me I need to do them. Whatever niggles you might have, big or small, focus on one of them and work out what your body is telling you it needs, and help it out.
If you wake up in the morning and you’re stiff and achy – work out whether what you need is to do some stretches, or start saving for that more maybe a bit expensive albeit comfortable mattress. Get used to understanding what your body is telling you, and responding to what its saying. It could be that your body wants more exercise – if that is what you know in your heart your body is telling you, work out what exercise is right for you, and how you can introduce it. Don’t try to go from nothing at all to going to a gym 5 times a week – it won’t happen and your body probably wasn’t asking for that anyway. Be kind to yourself. Let me know how you get on – please don’t skip this first week, this one’s really important in learning to listen to your body next week’s may be easier you’ll have to wait and see.
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