Lesson 4: Listen to your body

Listening to my body was an important lesson that I had to relearn as I recovered from my bicycle accident. As part of my recovery, I had to go to physical therapy. I found that there were days that I felt strong and could do more during my time there. But then sometimes, the very next day, I couldn’t do as much. Through signals like pain and my energy level, my body reminded me of what I could and couldn’t do. If my energy level was really low, I knew that meant I needed to get more sleep. I had to listen to my body to understand what it needed and respond appropriately in taking care of it.

Your body is talking to you all the time as well. Energy levels and pain are one way that it communicates. But it also communicates through sleep, and everything that comes out of it, such as your mucous, urine, and bowel movements.

It takes practice to listen to your body. You have to give yourself time to get quiet and notice the signals it is sending, and then you have to practice understanding what the signals mean. I call it tuning in to your wellbeing, and I believe it is one of the most important tools for our health.

One way to start listening to your body is to use my Body Talk assessment. This questionnaire asks you to reflect on the signals from your body recently, and, once you identify them, you can start to consider what they mean for you.

Small Change Challenge 4: Fill out the Body Talk assessment

First step, you can access the Body Talk assessment in my free ebook, Small Changes, Big Shifts. On page 6, you’ll find a link to download the Body Talk assessment.

Get started listening to your body today by giving yourself a half-hour of quiet time. Print the Body Talk assessment, and sit down with a pen and fill it out. Think about your body and what it has been telling you. What changes does it want you to make?

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