Let me start by asking a few questions. How do you feel when you wake up? How do you feel after meals? What happens in your body when stressed? How do you feels after spending time with good friends and family? How do you feel after exercising? What dies hunger feel like to you? What about thirst? Our bodies are constantly sending us messages in an effort to keep things in balance. Are you paying attention?
Our bodies tell us when something is out of balance. Not feeling rested when you wake up is a message. This could be dues to a number if reasons which should be investigated. How you feel after meals gives insight into potential digestive issues as well as what foods are good and so good for you. Taking time to check in with how you feel is critical to preventing illness.
Our bodies also provide situations that help achieve balance. Understanding that exercise helps you sleep better or reduce stress is valuable information. Noticing that time spent with good friends and family lifts your spirits provides yet another data point. Taking time to notice what makes you feel good is just as important as noticing what makes you feel bad. This holds true when having your favorite treat on occasion as long as you don’t overdo it and your treat starts to have negative effect.
Knowing when you are out of balance and understanding what to do to achieve balance is critical for good health. When stressed, understanding what you do when stressed gives you the information needed to either reduce or eliminate the stress. Staying away from the chips or sweets and getting some nuts, medication or a walk may be options you chose to cope.
Instead of making a bunch of promises for the New Year why not just make 1. Pay attention to how you feel!