I have to say years ago if someone would have said to me “learn to listen to your body Christie” I would have nodded, politely smiled and been secretly thinking to myself what a complete and utter nut job! What do they mean listen to my body? In what way and how on earth do you do that? What a load of airy fairy, mumbo jumbo. However, along my journey of self-healing, let’s just say I have had a lot of time to get to know the real Christie Jane and in that time through a lot of trial and error, I have actually come to understand what my body needs more of and less of, in order to be in a happy and healthy place. And funnily enough, that’s all that listening to your body really is, having a better understanding of what works for you and what doesn’t. It’s that simple. Let me give you an example.
So recently I have been trying to get back into exercise as my migraines seem to have pretty much disappeared which is flippin’ amazing! The problem that I have been having though is that exercise gives me tension headaches, so I have been going through the process of trying different types of exercise to see what works best for me. I’ve tried yoga, pilates, cycling and walking but not all of these have agreed with me. So in order to listen to my body, all I needed to do was monitor how my body felt during and after these activities. Did it leave me feeling refreshed, revitalised and stretched or did I come out of the activity feeling more tense, tight and sore than when I went in?
Overall I found that cycling left me with a strained neck for some strange reason, pilates worked well for me as it didn’t involve my upper body and only my core, my Yoga class left me wanting to stretch the muscles that the class didn’t cover and sore from the ones it did, and walking loosened my muscles with no after effects at all. So there we have it! It’s that simple. By listening to the signs and symptoms my body was giving me after each activity, I learnt what form of exercise worked best for me and this turned out to be walking and doing my own combination of yoga stretches to suit my needs. Putting this to the test this week I have driven down to the beach three times, plugged in my iPod and walked along the beautiful seafront watching the sunrise here in Dubai. On return from my walks, I then did a gentle 20 minutes yoga flow covering all the muscles at the time that felt sore and needed to be stretched. That way by doing my own routine I could spend longer on some stretches that really needed it rather than being hurried on to the next exercise like you would during a class. And do you know what? I haven’t had a tension headache at all this week! I even managed to walk 5K and do a little jog! What??? Me, jog! I know! I don’t think I’ve jogged for nearly five years!
The bottom line is that no doctor or specialist can tell you exactly what your body needs as the only person who truly knows that is you! Sure they can give you suggestions and guidance but we are all individually unique and what works for me may not work for you and visa versa. This is done by listening to the signs and symptoms that your body gives you and also from that little voice in your head. You know the one I mean don’t you, the one that says “Oh no I forgot to lock the front door” or “I really can’t afford to buy those shoes” or the one that says “If I eat this cake I know I’m going to feel really bloated afterwards”. That voice! Ok so you could call it your conscience, your intuition or your gut instinct, but that voice is also your body talking to you too. Quite literally! By learning to trust this inner voice and your intuition you will find that you begin to make positive choices that will aid your healing. In the past I would say if I had just gone with my gut 99.9999% of the time I would have made better decisions in many situations. We really do know what our bodies need in order to heal, just trust your gut.
Ok so if I were to ask you now “What is the most important thing that you could do to improve your health what would it be?”. Now don’t think about this for too long as it should come to you instinctively. Did you get it? What was that little voice in your head saying to you? When I ask myself that question the voice in my head says I need to make sure I dedicate enough time to self-care, continue my meditation, exercise more but at the same time be patient with my body and pace myself. Ok so I know actually saying and doing are two totally different ballgames, but that’s where I come in as a Health Coach. I would work with you one on one to really help you learn these signs and symptoms, get to know your body better and to guide you to achieve your personal health and wellness goals.
As one of our amazing lecturers at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition recently said…
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