You’ve heard it before… “You’re not listening to me!” or “You need to listen better!” Was it a professor who says you’re not getting it? A parent schooling you about the money you’ve wasted? Your roommate who’s fed up with you ignoring them? Or your boyfriend trying to get you to agree with his perspective?
What if the person you’re not listening to is yourself. I’m not talking about being crazy, I’m referring to the art of listening to your “inner voice.” It’s the voice that says “don’t go partying tonight because you have to get up early tomorrow for a final exam.” Or it may be your body screaming “I’m tired! I’m exhausted! I need to get some rest or I won’t make it much further!” When your body starts to ‘talk to you’ in a negative way, it’s past due time for you to listen.
Stress-buster, Energy-booster # 2 is Listen to your body
Most people don’t think about their bodies “speaking to them” but they actually do all of the time. The question is, are you aware of its language? Are you listening to it? Do you see your body’s messages as wisdom for your well being and survival? Are you responding to its needs?
When things are out of order, your body will always let you know. If you have a headache, you are probably putting too much pressure on yourself through your thoughts or you had too much to drink last night. Choose not to drink next time if you don’t like the results you got the last time it happened. If your stomach is in knots, you are probably experiencing a lot of worry and stress that needs your attention.
Some strategies to help are:
- Take some deep breaths (Balance College Stress – Natural Energy Booster #1 – Breathe!) to help calm your nerves just before you begin to study, just before the exam, and during the exam.
- If you get a lot of colds, you may be experiencing a lot of “congestion” and lack “clarity” in your life. Focus on one subject at a time to get better control of your thoughts. Then, take a 15-30 minute break in between subjects so that you can “clear your mind” before focusing on the next subject.
- Take the time to listen to your body’s messages and give it the attention it needs.
When you decide to listen to your body’s messages and respond to them, you broaden your perspective about what does and does not work for you and you feel better! Today, make the decision to listen to your body and start boosting your energy, the natural way!
Take Care of Yourself,
“Living a Growth in Motion™ Lifestyle”
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Introduction to Mindful Breathing by Felicia Harlow
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