Your Body Has Something to Say
Our bodies and minds are like beautiful machines that often need a bit of fine-tuning. But, how do we know when? And, how do we know what area needs attention? It’s not like a check engine or oil light comes on.
We have to start this explanation by acknowledging the wisdom our bodies hold. Think about it, your body responds to everything, big or small, that is happening in your life. It knows what nutrients it needs to thrive, helps you navigate daily decisions and life decisions, and much, much more. Your body is constantly communicating with you, letting you know what it needs, and when it needs it. When you are in tune with your body, you understand these cues and what to do when they arise.
When it comes to your wellbeing, being in tune with your body might just be one of the most important things you can do. How exactly do we begin to recognize these cues and become more in tune with our bodies? Here are a few tips to get you started…
That Gut Feeling
Have you ever heard the saying “trust your gut”? Well, it’s more than just a saying.
Your gut is worth trusting and listening to as it’s connected to so many of your body’s very important organs and functions. When you feel hungry, when you feel fuzzy-headed or feel that something isn’t right or when your digestion is a little off, pause, listen, and question. Ask yourself why you are having a certain feeling, what your body is trying to communicate, and what you can do to get to the root cause and nurture your body to help resolve it.
Tender Love and Supplements
We know and understand that your body requires the right kind of nutrients, in the proper amount for your body and your lifestyle to function at its best. And, we know and understand that every body is different and unique. And yes, your body speaks to you when it’s in need of nutrients. So, what can we do to help fill these needs? Aside from practicing a whole foods diet accompanied by adequate high-quality H20, we can supplement with whole superfood supplements.
Now, your body isn’t going to speak up and say, “Hey, I need some supplements now.” But, you may notice cravings for certain foods or feel hungry “earlier” than you should. This could be your body letting you know that it needs some nutrients.
When it comes to supplements we are taking a proactive approach and thinking ahead. We are making a commitment to ensure we feed our bodies certain nutrients day in and out.
Being in tune with your body is a daily task and all it takes is a couple of minutes. If this is new for you, go ahead and try out one of our favorite mindfulness exercises…
- Start by sitting or lying down in a comfortable position. Take five deep breaths. Be aware of your breath moving through your lungs.
- Notice the sensation you feel during your breaths in your feet.
- Next, be aware of the sensation in your legs.
- Feel each body part in each full breath cycle as you move up your torso. Feel your upper legs, hips, lower torso, higher torso, lungs, hands, arms, shoulders, neck, and lastly, head.
- Your mind is bound to wander during this exercise. When this occurs, gently bring your mind back to the last part you were at.
- Finish this exercise by feeling your body as a whole.
You can make this exercise last as long as you need to. After you finish, ask yourself a couple of questions. Did I notice anything I haven’t noticed before? Do I feel more or less connected with my body? What emotions, if any, did I feel in my body? Give yourself time every day to feel what your body is telling you.
Being in tune with your body is a huge step in both your mindfulness and wellness journey. It will open the doors to understanding your body and mind on a deeper and more intimate level. When life seems to go off course or goals are seeming to fly by, you will be able to be grounded in what you know: yourself. This is part of what we call living the #NewEarthLife, knowing your mind and your body as you strive for overall wellness.