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Listen to Your Body

ListenPlease note: I am not a doctor and do not have any medical training.  Please consult a doctor for any sort of serious illness.

Many of us are caught in a vicious cycle in which we consume too much caffeine, too much fast food, not enough exercise/movement, and not enough rest.  We jump from thing to thing without giving ourselves time to unwind.  Many times we wind up sick and we can’t seem to kick the cold that has knocked us on our rear.  I am a firm believer that when things start to go awry in my body, that I am not taking care of it.

When this happens, I go through a mini checklist to see what immediate changes I can make.

  • What time have I been going to bed?
  • How much water versus other drinks have I been consuming lately?
  • How much fast food have I been getting versus healthier meals at home?
  • How much running around have I been doing?
  • What kind of stress has work been creating?

These are the main questions I ask myself when things get out of whack.  So, when this happens (and I stress “when” because my life isn’t always minimal) I try to make simple but impactful changes that provide solutions to some of these questions.

  • I make an effort to go to bed earlier.  Sometimes it’s only 15 minutes, but it helps.
  • I cut back on the coffee and try to drink more water or hot tea.  I also try to cut back on the sugary drinks.  I am a sucker for sweet tea, but if my body is giving me unhappy signals then I make an effort to cut way back.
  • I am not the greatest cook and I am certainly not a “foodie” blogger, but when my system goes haywire, I try to eliminate the fried and greasy stuff and pick more fruits and veggies.  I try to start almost every day with a smoothie with whatever fresh ingredients I have on hand.
  • I make an effort to condense or push back my errands.  When I don’t feel well, the last thing I want to do is run around town.  Most of the time, none of the errands are so important that I have to do them immediately.
  • Work is the hardest one to control because most of the time the stress is out of our control.  I simply try to make sure I leave the mess at the door.  It will still be there when I return.

We only have one life and one body to live that life.  Treat it well and listen when it tells you it needs help.

xo, Lauren

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