Taking the time to listen to your body can have an amazing effect on your well-being, happiness and health. What is your body trying to tell you?
One of the most common complaints our bodies have is that they’re not getting enough water. According to one survey, almost 80% of people admitted they don’t drink sufficient water. Your body relies on this precious liquid to transport nutrients and help you stay energized. How can you tell if you’re dehydrated?
For one thing, you’ll feel thirsty a lot. However, quenching your thirst isn’t enough; you need at least eight glasses of water a day. Dry or red skin means you probably need to drink more water. Other dehydration warning signs include muscle cramps, headaches and sugar cravings. Instead of chocolate, what your body wants is water!
“I’m Literally Exhausted”
As a mom and a writer, I know that life isn’t always easy to balance. I often have to push myself to get everything done. But sometimes, my body needs caring for, too. How can you tell the difference between regular tiredness and actual exhaustion?
Your gas tank isn’t just out of gas, it’s been running on fumes for a while now. Please, listen to your body. Recharge your batteries. Make an appointment at the spa, pamper yourself (or better yet, make him pamper you) or enjoy a night out with the girls. Rest is vital for your mental, emotional and physical health.
“Something Is Seriously Wrong”
If you’re normally a person who loves staying active, pain is really frustrating. As we age, it’s normal for all of us to have some aches in the morning, but we don’t let that stop us. What are the warning signs that pain is from something more serious?
With this kind of pain, ignoring it or pushing on won’t make it go away. You need to help your tissues heal, sometimes by seeing a doctor. Above all, your body wants you to take things easy. Resting when you need to actually helps you get back to your normal routine faster. If you push yourself and make injuries worse, recovery takes longer.
Your brain may be calling the shots, but your body isn’t just a mindless machine. Mind and body are more like partners working together to make your life as great as possible. Always listen to your body!