Listen To Your Body

In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also Love Your Body month. One way to love our bodies is simply to listen to our bodies. If you feel yourself coming down with a cold, for example, your body is trying to tell you something: “REST, TAKE CARE OF ME!” Say you are running or performing some other kind of aerobic exercise and your knee (hip, foot, etc.) starts hurting; again– your body is trying to tell you something. When your stomach aches after a night of junk food, your head pounds the morning after drinking too much, or your shoulders feel tight when stressed from the demands of work and home–your body is speaking. You better listen.

I have found that many other physical ailments (aside from a cold or painful knee) seem to be psychosomatic, meaning that they are a result of emotional distress. Your son has a stomach ache, and you then find out there is a spelling test that day in school (psychosomatic). A headache begins the morning of a big presentation at work (psychosomatic). You get the idea.

Pay attention to the sensations and other aches and pains in your body. You may gain some new insights about your internal struggles.

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