As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of listening to what your body has to tell you. This week, mine has said slow down. Take a nap. Don’t eat anything. Rest more. You see, I’ve had a bit of a stomach bug for the past several days. It’s been a lesson in listening inward. Some days, I’m really good at it. Other days not so much. When, I’m not listening, it’s usually because my mind is telling me that I can’t slow down or stop because I’ve got things that just have to get done before I can rest. So, this week my brain and body were obviously a bit at odds with one another.
The problem with listening to my mind about not stopping until ‘everything’ is done, is that ‘everything’ will never be done. There’s always, always something else that I can and want to do. So, when my body is saying just stop for a bit because you’re fighting off a virus and my mind is saying not yet, that’s a problem.
Now, admittedly, I have this problem on a regular basis. I’m someone who always has something to do even if it’s actively resting. This week, it’s just been more obvious.
The result has been that when I listened to my body and just rested more, my stomach felt much better. When I ignored that internal wisdom to rest, my stomach hurt more. There was a very direct correlation between how bad my stomach hurt and how active I was.
Now, a wise woman would learn from this and just rest until I was better, and I did that at least partly this week. I’ve watched a couple of movies, taken an hour long nap, sat outside when it was warm. Then, I would start to feel better and begin to ease back into my routine. As soon as I did that, my stomach would start hurting again. My mind would already be back in the swing of things and would keep me going longer than I really needed to be. Some of those things that I did really could have waited.
I’ve been going back & forth between my mind and body for the past 3 days. I have to say that my body has been loud enough to win most of these internal discussions but it’s not always been easy to give in. It sometimes takes going through the same lesson multiple times before I get it.
Do you struggle with this as well?
I’ve known for a long time now that when I listen to what my body has to say, my life flows easier. My internal wisdom is waiting to be heard. I just need to listen to it.
Listening to my body is like being a good friend to it. My mind would tell another friend that was sick to rest and heal. So, why not let my mind be a friend to my own body? My body could say something like “Hey, I know you had a lot that you wanted to accomplish today, but life as it is right now is not going to let that happen.” My mind could respond, “Yeah you’re right. So, take a break, rest and heal.”
What a breath of fresh air that would be to have my mind and body on the same page when I’m sick. I certainly would be less frustrated. I know I’d feel better faster.
What do you tell yourself at times like this? Is your mind supportive of your body? Or does your mind make it worse by berating yourself for not being in perfect health?
I am feeling better today. That’s a great thing. I know that the downtime that I gave myself helped. I also know that my mind still has a long way to go in being a friend to my body. As with so many things, this too is a work in progress.
For assistance in learning to tune in to your body, sign up for a yoga therapy session. Your body has wisdom that it’s just waiting to share with you!