This week we’re focusing on understanding our minds and bodies.
I broke the basics up into four different parts so they are easy to digest:
1. In my last post, I talked about knowing what your body is trying to tell you when it’s feeling sore. This is a common issue and most people don’t think about the causes or effects on the body.
2. If you’re on my email list, I sent you an email on Monday about WHY it is important for us to understand our unique bodies.
3. Today, I want to talk about HOW we can get to know our own bodies.
4. Tomorrow, I will finish off the week with an email about how we can better understand our own minds and our personalities. It may sound like a strange concept, but it leads to some surprising insights. (Make sure you sign up if you want to receive this email.)
So, how can we get to know our bodies better?
Recognizing and knowing your own body is easy, but it takes effort that most people don’t bother to exert. It requires slowing down a bit and spending a little extra time focusing on ourselves. Here are a few examples of what I mean…
- Before you brush your teeth in the morning open your mouth and look around. See any spots, crooked teeth, mouth sores? I started paying more attention to my mouth after I had a dentist visit and they told me my gums were receding. I was embarrassed to admit that I had never even noticed. Now I look once a day because I will only be able to see a difference if I know how they looked yesterday, and the day before, and the week before that, etc.
- What if you’re scrubbing your head in the shower and you notice a bump on your scalp- Is it a bug bite? Did you hit your head? Does it hurt to touch it?
- Maybe you find a new mole and it looks different from your other birth marks. Mention it to your doctor. Little things like this might go unnoticed unless you point them out.
- While you’re getting a manicure, you notice your nails are brittle or curving upwards. This could be a sign of anemia/iron-deficiency and you might need to change your diet.
In all these examples, the first step is just being aware of yourself. Staying healthy requires paying attention to your body and its cues.
Not everything that can be mindless should be.
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