Listen to your body

A Note From Dr. Beverly Nelson, Director

Dr. Beverly Nelson (Photo: Michael Amici)Our body has ways to ask for our attention. This can manifest as a mild headache that we calm with an aspirin. Other times, it is a heartburn episode, which we solve with some over the counter medication. Wouldn’t it be better to really listen to these messages our bodies are sending us?

We all want to be healthy. Without health, we cannot do or enjoy anything else! It is a bit perplexing to find that, in this day and age, we tend to mistake ‘being functional’ with ‘being healthy’. Perhaps it’s not such a surprise – after all, it’s all so fast-paced and hectic these days, that all we want is to get well in a snap, and go back to doing whatever it is we need to do. We buy the medications (sometimes without seeking a professional’s advice) and the minute we start feeling okay, we are on our way!

Let’s stop for a minute and try to think of sickness differently. Yes, there are viruses floating here and there; however, the mere fact that our bodies are vulnerable to this one or that one should be a sign that we need to change something in our routine. Maybe we have to change our diets to include more fruits and/or vegetables and less processed foods. It could be that we need to transform our sleeping habits and get more sleep, or just improve the quality of the sleep we are already getting. Perhaps we are too stressed and haven’t even noticed – it takes a health crisis for us to slow down. Is this how it’s meant to be? Do things have to get so bad in order for us to pay attention?

Our body is our temple. Listen to what it’s trying to tell you not just when you are sick, but also every other day when you think you feel ‘all right’. You will be amazed once you begin paying attention to these signs – and you will truly feel a lot better!

What do you think your body is trying to tell you? I’m listening!

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