Do you listen to the signals your body gives you? Whether it’s to go outside and immerse yourself in nature, to spend less time on social media, or to simply rest.
Whatever signals you’re getting, they usually start off as whispers, which often come in the form of a thought, a desire, or even a discomfort in your physical body.
Do you honor yourself and take the time you need to take care of YOU, or do you press on hoping that feeling will go away?
Many of us are so accustomed to DOING and taking care of others that it may feel unnatural to make time for our own wellness. However, it’s important to remember that in nurturing ourselves, we create a stronger, more loving self to draw from to be with others and to serve others from a more genuine place. So instead of pushing yourself, try giving in to your need to rest, unplug, pamper yourself, or take a break and do something fun!
When the seasons change, our bodies go through changes as well, and our immunity can be more vulnerable to sniffles and bugs. So be mindful of what your body is asking for. If you have been dealing with an illness, injury, or setback of some kind, try your best to see it as a time for you to recuperate, reflect and gather your faculties to emerge even stronger. It can be frustrating to be detained by these temporary setbacks, yet from a spiritual standpoint, it’s a cleansing of sorts and often times a preparation for some up-leveling in your life. Sometimes our body breaking down is the only way we listen to its messages. These are opportunities that the universe gives to us to pause (where perhaps we normally wouldn’t) and take time to be present in our body, and reset.
Don’t let those emotional or physical smoke signals turn into wildfires. It’s easy to become immersed in the fast pace of life, and it’s crucial for us to be able to take stock of where we are and what we need. You do have a choice, and it all boils down to listening and taking right action. It’s quite simple, actually, however for some of us who can be rather stubborn (myself included), or even attached to the demands in our lives, it takes more effort to truly listen to those signals when they are asking us to slow down.
While it’s true that taking action toward your dreams takes dedication and work, just remember it’s okay to step away from it all to recharge. If you’re nodding off while working or your stomach is growling so loud you can’t hear yourself think, it’s time to take a break! Trust me, as hard as it can be to break away from what you’re doing, you’ll be all the better as a result. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it, and you’ll be more productive than if you were to push yourself while running on empty! Making your dreams come true does take work.
Whatever your experience is right now, I encourage you to trust in the messages your body gives you. Treat yourself with kindness DAILY, as you would a dear friend (take breaks, drink your favorite tea, eat your favorite healthy foods, get quality sleep, curl up with your favorite book, drink plenty of water).
Self-care can benefit us on a regular basis and is an important skill to practice. With the new energy and inspirations that arise after a period of rest, you will be better equipped to handle the day-to-day responsibilities, face challenges, take action towards your bigger vision, and have some fun along the way! Honor the messages that your body gives you. It is a wise and intelligent messenger.
SELF CARE IDEAS:
- Don’t touch the keyboard!
- Snuggle under a blanket
- Read a book
- Cook your favorite meal
- Sit quietly and tune into your breathing
- Inhale your favorite essential oil
- Take a nap
- Fix yourself a healthy snack
- Guided meditation
- Drink your favorite tea
- Wear your fuzzy socks
- Paint your nails
- Get a manicure/pedicure
- Get a massage
- Walk on the beach
- Get a facial
- Take a hike
- Lie in a hammock
- Watch the birds
- Listen to your favorite music
- Your favorite physical activity
- Take a salt bath
- Get some fresh air
- Watch your favorite movie or show
- Draw zen tangles
- Just BE
I hope these suggestions have been helpful for you!
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