All too often, we neglect our physical bodies. We rush from task to task, ignoring any dis-ease we may feel. We numb our senses, pop a few Motrin, and keep going. We don’t keep up with our regular doctor appointments, dental cleanings, and specialist visits. This is not a great long-term plan. Instead, I encourage you to get into the habit of regularly checking in with your body to make sure you are not ignoring any serious warning signs and neglecting your needs.
I am reminded of the quote (author unknown), “If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream.”
Take a few moments right now to sit comfortably, close your eyes, and check-in with your body without judgment. Remember, your thoughts have energy, and you want to make sure you talk to yourself the way you would a friend you love.
Follow these easy steps:
Notice where you feel tension and tightness by mentally scanning your body from the top of your head to your toes.
Think about what it is your body needs to support your physical well-being. Do you need to stretch? Are you hungry? Do you need to use the bathroom? How are recent decisions you have made feeling in your gut? Whatever it is, take note.
Lastly, think about any appointments you may need to schedule. When was your last physical? Eye exam? Pap smear? Dermatology visit? Dental cleaning? Other specialists?
COVID has made it more challenging to keep up with some of these appointments, but also consider if it is time for a haircut or color, a massage, or a mani/pedi?
Once you have completed this mental check-in, it is time to develop an action plan. Write down what you learned from your check-in. If anything on the list can be addressed now, please do so. For example, stretching an area where there is tension or feeding your body if you are hungry.
What parts of your body need attention, and what appointments need to happen.
If you have a list, and it feels overwhelming, start by selecting the top 2-3. If it is helpful, write them down on a sticky note and place it somewhere where you will see it every day. And take action. You don’t need to do everything at once. If something is of particular concern, be sure to place it at the top of your list.
Ideally, you will check in with your body frequently. It may be helpful to put a sign on your bathroom mirror that says, “check-in with my body” to help remind you to do this. Or set a calendar alert.
It is vital to have these check-ins to get into the habit of listening to your body and taking action! You are worth it!
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