5 Reasons to Listen to Your Body (And What It Means)
Listening to your body – what does it really mean? Many health care specialists recommend that their patients take notice of all repetitive signals like body aches or any abnormal feelings or functioning of the essential organs. Paying attention to body symptoms may save you from serious medical problems that potentially can worsen or even shorten your life.
For example, if you suddenly starting to feel a severe abdominal pain and, in addition, have a high fever, these symptoms may point at acute appendicitis – a potentially life-threatening disorder. In this scenario, a timely health check may save your life. All you need to do is to stop ignoring the early body’s messages. Unfortunately, many people tend to ignore mild aches and pains and start panicking when something serious happens to their health and it is too late to prevent an illness.
Surely, not all body signals are loud and clear. But if they repeat frequently, you may consider visiting a doctor for a health check.
What causes body aches?
According to TheHealthSite.Com, the most common body pains are headaches, the aches in back, neck, joints, and neurotic pains. The body aches all over these organs and systems may give the alarming signals about the development of such disorders:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS);
- Lyme disease;
- Stress and depression;
- Lack of iron in the blood;
- Multiple sclerosis;
- Nerve damage;
- Common flu;
Also, keep in mind that chronic aching body can be a symptom of getting old. Elderly people are more likely to have chronic body soreness caused by different disorders and illnesses that had been “sleeping” at a younger age. That is why medics recommend doing regular health checks if you are older than 45 years.
5 reasons to listen to your body
According to Dr. Josh Axe, there are, at least, 5 reasons why listening to your body more often can be a good idea for your health:
Your body can tell when you actually need to eat
Nowadays, eating disorders, especially in young women and men, are quite common. Dieting and starving may confuse your body, preventing it from sending you healthy signals about when you really need to eat and when you are full enough to stop eating. Your body can also send hints of what it wants to eat right now. For example, pregnant women sometimes may have the weirdest (and strong) food cravings because their bodies give hints of what they lack and need to replenish to nourish a healthy baby.
Listening to your body may prevent severe aches
A mild lower back pain may be the signal to change your posture while sitting at a desk for a few hours. If you continue to ignore it, this mild pain can quickly become more discomforting and even turn into a chronic body ache. You don’t have to be afraid of a mild ache – commonly, it is just a way of your body “telling” us what organs or systems should be checked in the first place to prevent more serious health symptoms.
Your body may prompt when to exercise
Listening carefully to your body may teach you to distinguish “good” and “bad” pains. How can your body tell when you are ready to start to work out or when you need to rest? If you feel light tingling in your muscles after the first roundups of pushups or squats, it is probably a “good” pain. But, if you feel that your body has gone beyond its durability and some of your joints and muscles are aching severely, consider avoiding excessive physical activity for a few days.
Your body can give all necessary hints how to become healthier
Your body may tell you when you need to relax through such symptoms as tiredness and the outbreaks of chronic pains. If you continue working without proper rest, ignoring the first symptoms, you may catch a cold because of the weakened immune system, get injured due to decreased alertness, and even have a panic attack as a result of a build-up of physical symptoms sent by your tired body. Consider getting some rest when you feel exhausted and stressed. Let your body and mind re-boot before turning the “workaholic” on again.
Your body can help you feel happier
Listening to your body and giving all it needs can make you feel more satisfied with your life. Sleeping, eating, working out, resting when you need to rest may be the key to a good mood and fewer medical symptoms.
How can you listen to your body?
According to Oprah.Com, listening to your body can be also beneficial from a spiritual point of view. Even if all your body organs work like a clock, feeling and understanding your body may help cleanse your mind from negative thoughts and give a natural solution to the problem of how to cope with stress. You can listen to the “body talk” in such way:
- Feel what your body tells you to feel – do not deny the cravings if they are good for your health;
- Try always listening to your body – ignoring or delaying your body wishes to rest, eat, or be active can result in serious illnesses and the overall stress;
- Trust your body – hundreds of billions of your body cells can’t be wrong.
If you want to get free medical advice, consider listening to your body more frequently. It can be your most reliable ally in the life-long fight against illnesses.