How to Listen to Your Body

There are a lot of things that are shown to us by our bodies, but we choose to ignore the signs.

We are given warnings, not just for physical dangers but also for emotional ones that are triggered or manifested through the physical.

If we pay close attention to what our bodies are communicating to us, we could change our life for the better.

Don’t we all want that?

To those of you who want to help yourselves, here are some ways you can do that:

Acknowledge your happiness

When you’re happy, your body knows it.

You smile, you have a healthier appetite, you’re more active, full of energy, and generally excited about what’s happening around you.

Take note of the effects of your happiness to your body and vice versa.

You need to take into account what actions or activities you do physically that contribute to that happiness factor.

The more you’re aware of this, the more you can replicate that emotion and those effects in your life.

Instinct is basic

Just because you can’t explain it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have merit. Your instincts are there for a reason.

They are alerted when something doesn’t feel right, when there’s a possible danger that’s looming.

More often than not, we know whether something is good or bad for us.

If you see someone lurking around your car in a dark alley, your instinct tells you to be alert and to reach for a weapon or to map out an escape route, just in case.

When you know your significant other is hiding something from you, you also get a gut feeling about that. When you’re waiting for test results, you also get a feeling about that.

Self-preservation is an instinct. I’m not saying you act on it every single time, but it is good to consider.

Stress indicators

Parts of your body are good indicators of your feelings towards a person or a situation.

Your stomach, for example, when someone you like is approaching you, it feels like those butterflies fluttering about inside.

When someone you don’t like and would rather not be around with comes around in your direction, your stomach becomes stressed, it contracts and sort of boils over.

When you need to make a decision that you have to, but not necessarily something you want to, it does a sudden drop.

Sometimes it’s your head that gives you away, or your sweat glands, or your nerves. But whatever it is that gets triggered when you’re stressed, you need to take notice so you can avoid them or figure out how to address them.

Think before you act

Sometimes we let our emotions get the best of us, upset or happy, our moods have an effect in our appetite, in how we act, and how we interact.

You know how they say don’t make any decisions when you’re angry? It applies for when you’re also high on happiness and other feelings. Always dial back down and think for a minute.

Think about if you really want another scoop of ice cream to celebrate or to comfort you when you’re down.

Think about if you really want to punch the wall when you’re mad.

Think about if you really want what you think you want in all areas of your life. Pausing to reflect will make you a better decision-maker.

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