Everything in life starts with a conversation and the ones we have with ourselves are often the best. The loud hullabaloo around us sometimes makes us disregard the gentle voice coming from within. However, talking out and listening to our thoughts and opinions is a sign of self-awareness. If we ignore our body signals, how will we understand if and when we’re in distress?
I’m an incorrigible chatterbox while talking to myself. Expert advice and all! Having said that, picking up delicate body signals is a different ball game altogether. Turning a blind eye to discomfort and self-medicating are two of the most common blunders we commit against ourselves. Why not assess everything methodically to grasp the entire situation? The day I understood this simple thing, life and my transformation wasn’t overwhelming anymore.
Whether it is making dietary changes, taking up some physical activity or getting up earlier than usual, any kind of lifestyle change takes time to settle. Your body doesn’t appreciate the change in inertia and tries to resist as well. Understanding the difference between this resistance and a genuine problem takes close scrutiny which you must concentrate upon.
PHYSICAL BODY SIGNALS
These signals are generic but may sometimes differ with gender.
- Exhaustion – Physical exhaustion can come in any form like travelling to or from work or nature of your work. Being on your toes all day can deter you from indulging in additional workout. While your commitment is praiseworthy please do not set unrealistic goals and exhaust yourself. Also, taking protein shakes or steroids for pumping iron in the gym isn’t good for you in the long run. Remember to take weekly breaks. I take one or two.
- Sprains, swelling or aches – Any kind of injury or physical discomfort must never be ignored. Persistent joint aches, back pain or swelling could be signs of something acute. I had a sinister health scare once where I blacked out thrice in a day. I considered consulting a neurosurgeon while our family physician made his simple diagnosis. Surprisingly, it was a shoulder condition aggravated by bad sitting posture! Hence, please don’t self-medicate or dillydally and get professional advice.
- Period pain – This obviously applies to women but men can take note too. Some women have painless periods and lead a normal life during this time. However, for others periods can be a harrowing experience. Even after all these years I’m practically out of action for first 2 days. PMS makes me hungry, lazy accompanied by terrible body ache. So no matter what anyone says, listen to your body and get rest. Your steps target and workout can wait.
MENTAL BODY SIGNALS
- Change in sleep pattern – Our schedules have completely gone for a toss during the lockdown. Meal times have become flexible and we’re guzzling down endless cups of tea and coffee to keep our minds alert. Whether for work or consuming content on OTT platforms screen time has increased too. I’m guilty of reading into the night on my Kindle and waking up with a bad headache the next day. Seven hours of uninterrupted sleep should never be compromised upon. Work we must but sticking to a timetable certainly helps in sleeping soundly.
- Depression – Where do I begin? Let’s just say that life throws enough stuff at us everyday to make us want to crawl into a hole and stay there. People refuse to address the elephant in the room and preach that counting our blessings will make us happy. They couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve suffered from severe depressive tendencies few years ago and was prescribed medication. Thankfully, if I feel those symptoms now, and I do, I’m equipped to have a better grip on myself. Don’t be shy of acknowledging it, how else will you get rid of it?
- Demotivation – We all want to be on God’s favourite list. Wouldn’t it be awesome to excel at work, respected by friends, loved at home and face no problems in life? Can this happen beyond our dreams though? Looking at others’ achievements fills us with remorse and demotivates us. Bloggers getting more work, influencers having a steady flow of assignments or even having a full-time job were things that tugged at my heart once. “The grass is greener on the other side”, remember this and you’re good.
Have you ever thought how the conversation would go if our body parts started talking to each other? The heart will lay culpability on the tongue for its blockages while the nose will vehemently protest that walk in the rain. Take some time out and listen to yourself if you don’t already. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the wonderful company and fun conversations. Try it!
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