Listen to your body. Your body holds hundreds of thousand years of wisdom. It is more sophisticated than the brain. The body digests the foods we eat and builds blood, nerves, eyes, and skin from those same nutrients. It even has the ability to create a new life without even thinking about it! All that being said, we still have the disconnection between the mind and body. We must understand and embrace the notion that the 2 are one entity which cannot be separated. Think of a juicy watermelon or a sweet sugary orange. Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Think of that juicy burger and how tasty it looks in your mind. Some people will notice that you start to salivate and your digestion just kicked in as your body prepares for the entrance of the food. Amazing! We are using our mind, and the body follows without any instructions. Our body has its own way of talking to us. It is talking to us all the time, but many of us just don’t know it. Actually, many of us just don’t stop to listen. Some of us know our body is telling us something as we have the gut feeling that something is wrong. Almost all the time, you are right: something is wrong. You just don’t know what is wrong. We have become so disconnected with our body that we now live our life not knowing when the basic survival needs are not met. Many of us are not listening to our body when it whispers to us saying that we are thirsty. We pay no attention and go on with our day. We become in a state of chronic fatigue, headaches, pain, sore muscles, etc. and don’t have a clue why. These symptoms are our body’s way of shouting at us. Most of these can be resolved by hydrating our body and making sure we are adequately hydrated each day. This is a basic human survival need. We have become so sophisticated and distracted in our everyday lives that we forget the basic human needs. To be brief: Sleep, Water, Sugar. In more depth, we can look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.
“Maslow described human needs as ordered in a proponent hierarchy—a pressing need would need to be mostly satisfied before someone would give their attention to the next highest need. None of his published works included a visual representation of the hierarchy. The pyramidal diagram illustrating the Maslow needs hierarchy may have been created by a psychology textbook publisher as an illustrative device. This now iconic pyramid frequently depicts the spectrum of human needs, both physical and psychological, as accompaniment to articles describing Maslow’s needs theory and may give the impression that the Hierarchy of Needs is a fixed and rigid sequence of progression. Yet, starting with the first publication of his theory in 1943, Maslow described human needs as being relatively fluid—with many needs being present in a person simultaneously.
The hierarchy of human needs model suggests that human needs will only be fulfilled one level at a time”
Try your best to pay more attention to your body and its subtle way of speaking to you. The more in tune you are with your body, the healthier you will become. Your body doesn’t shout, its whispers. When it does shout, that’s when you have a lot of issues going on and things never seem to be right. You weren’t listening close enough when your body was speaking to you prior to all the serious issues. Some people are smart enough to know their body is saying something, yet they choose to ignore it. Your body has a way of calling for attention. If you choose to ignore your body, it will get your attention somehow. You most likely won’t like how it gets your attention. Deprive yourself from sleep, water, and sugar while working extended hours, and I am sure you will find yourself sick and wishing you could stay home from work to rest. We need to realize that ignoring our body is no way to appreciate the miracles it can do without receiving instructions. Ignoring the body is like driving your car and having low gas, low tire pressure and engine light warnings beep all the time, and all you do is turn up the volume on the radio. Continue driving your car and don’t be so shocked when you have a serious problem. Sure. Perhaps you could get these problems fixed or be proactive so they don’t happen again or become worse but you don’t. Our car develops further problems and more issues until we can’t stand it and take it to a mechanic. The mechanic then tells you that regular maintenance on the parts and having a scheduled tune-up would have prevented all of this. The mechanic then tells you how expensive it is to repair all of the damage due to lack of maintenance and ignoring the issues. The cost is extremely expensive! You decide it makes more sense to buy a new car instead of investing the money to repair the current car. Ask yourself if you can do this with your body. Your body is the only thing you truly own! You only have one. So take good care of it! Listen to it. show it the appreciation you deserve.