I was reading an article about when our bodies are telling us to stop, why are we not listening? It made me think about the many stories from friends and others recently who have had to retreat because they have done more than their body was meant to do.
So why are we not paying attention to our bodies?
Oprah.com is quoted as saying: “Body listens to mind; mind listens to body. Awareness is the link. Make no mistake: Every cell knows when you are unhappy, anxious or stressed. A cell’s awareness is expressed in chemical reactions instead of words. No matter. The message comes through loud and clear.”
Our bodies send us clear signals that we tend to ignore. Here are a few signs that should tell you to slow down and take a break.
- Trouble sleeping
- Irritability (emotional, angry, mood is up and down, etc.)
- Changes in eating habits (need more caffeine, eating things you don’t normally eat, etc.)
- Changes in menstrual cycle
- High resting heart rate
- Constant decrease in performance (gym, work and more)
- Recovery takes longer than usual
Our bodies recover at rest. Don’t push yourself, let yourself rest.
Sleep deprivation affects the immune system in a negative way: we become more susceptible to sickness. While we sleep our bodies go into battle mode and release protective proteins called cytokines during sleep that fight inflammation and infection. The same goes for the body when it comes to recovering from exercise. If you’re feeling sore three days or longer post-workout, you may not only have overdone it, but it may also be an indicator that you need more sleep.
So the next time your body is trying to tell you something, listen, it may need a breather and a moment to recover so that you are able to be the best you that you can be!