Listen to What your Body and Mind are Telling You

by GoParents on April 9, 2015 · 0 comments

in Empowered GoParents,Family Connections and Relationships,Values

In our last blog post, we talked about your story behind your reactions, defences or triggers, so today we are going to dwell into how do you get out these situations.

Sometimes we are so caught up with the busyness in our day that we forget who we are. We are so run down, tired, and have no more left to give to our family. And we react and often yell at the ones who we love.

So now, before you start your next round of yelling or blaming your children or spouse, or anything that causes you to behave this or that way… here are a few things that I would like to share with you. Hopefully it will register with you how our triggers are created in the first place.

Remember, your emotions and behaviour are your mind and body trying to communicate with you. So slow down, pay attention to what your body is telling you and listen to what's behind those thoughts and feelings.

So when you are stressed, anxious, frustrated, or tired… your body is telling you that you possibly need to "refuel". Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. With the ever increasing workload, parenting duties, financial stress, we as adults are forgetting about our own physical and emotional wellness.

Do you need: TLC, fun, rest, or sometime to yourself.

There are several ways you can learn to listen to your body:

Journaling

I find that journaling is very helpful. Your journal is your personal space where it connects your mind to your heart – a place where you may have the answers to all the questions you need answering. Holding a pen can help the thoughts flow.

Go out to the nature

Head out to the outdoor for a walk or do some gardening. Connect physically to nature, feel the earth, feel your breath, feel your body, or feel your foot steps.  These activities will enable you to reconnect to your mind, emotions and thoughts.

On top of that, once your blood starts to circulate in your body, you will feel more refreshed and relaxed to tackle what's happening in your day.

Go get some fun!

Play is just as important for adults as for children!

What childhood games did you play? Did you sing in the band? Do you remember how you felt when you were playing? Fun? Happy? Relaxed?

Reconnect to your inner child… when was the last time you had a good hearty laugh? Can you laugh until you have tears streaming down your cheek?

Go out now and give yourselves permission to play again and to re-discover the joy and pleasure of playing as in our childhood.  Start laughing again; distract yourselves from the stresses of day to day responsibilities and bring joy and vitality back into your lives and relationships. Reconnect with yourself again, and also reconnect with your childhood friends.

Self love

Turn off the guilt and give yourself permission to love yourself. Give yourself permission to be happy, and the power to say NO to things that do not support your well being. Believe that you are worthy of love and respect, and honour yourself for who you are!

So today, slow down and start listening to your  body and your mind. What are they trying to tell you? Start loving and honouring ‘you’!

Have a fantastic day!

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