During this mission/journey of discovering more about myself and make myself a healthy, happy and balance human I have learnt that any time I think I have figured something out I really haven’t figured it out at all.
I am personally a pretty big proponent of pushing your limits, encouraging yourself to the next level and breathing through discomfort, so learning to listen to my body has been a challenging lesson for me to learn. It has taken a considerable amount of self-encouragement to learn that because I am listening to my body does not mean that I am being weak or giving up. And to be honest I am really still struggling with fully believing that, but it is slowly starting to sink in that just because I choose to hold back a bit and give my body a bit of a rest does not mean that I am throwing in the towel.
Yoga has probably been my best teacher in learning this lesson. Time and time again the instructor will tell you to go to your limits but to be sure you are listening to your body because your “limits” they change every day. What you were capable of doing yesterday is not necessarily going to be what you are capable of accomplishing today. Just because I can go into full wheel does not mean that every time I practice the pose I should go into the full position. Because it is something that is practiced in yoga regularly it has become less of a challenge for me to listen to my body and hear what it is saying.
However, when it comes to running (for example) what my body is telling me is much more difficult for me to hear. I think most runners out there can relate. There is something about running that just makes you want to get in that extra mile, shave down those extra few seconds and to continue pushing yourself until you unlace your shoes. But I am learning to respect my aches and pains and to respect them instead of ignoring them.
Besides the physical aspect of learning to listen to your body’s queues, it can be just as difficult if not more to pay attention to mental ones. I am learning that sometimes your physical body needs to take a break in order for your mental body to catch up. It might not seem stressful but dealing with stress, lack of sleep, planning, organizing, couple with numerous other activies can wear anyone out. I believe this is why the spa was invented.
So if you take away one thing from this it is learn to listen. We so often pay so much more attention to others in our lives and remind them to take care of themselves that we miss out on taking care of ourselves.
Happy Wednesday Everyone.
Let me know in the comments below how you relax?
ps. please note I have updated “Workin’ It” and “Run Club” check them out.