I come to you today on cycle day 2 (of my menstrual cycle). My motivation and energy are in the toilet. Literally… But I’m not guilting myself or ‘pushing through’. I am simply letting it be. I’m accepting the changes I experience through the ebbs and flows of life, as well as through my menstrual cycle. Listening to your body is so important.
Everyone has ebbs and flows
No matter if you’re a man or woman, you go through different cycles or hormone fluctuations daily. We are hormonal beings. To deny that would be a lie and would only do you a disservice.
I think it’s super important to acknowledge these fluctuations and learn to lean into them, instead of push against them. It’s so much easier that way.
Listening to your body is the most important thing for your health and mental well being.
Now, I’m not saying you should just be lazy and lay around all day, every day because you think that’s what your body is telling you. I assure you, it’s not.
But, taking a day to do nothing, without guilt, just because you need a day to be with your thoughts and just be is super super important.
Taking a day off of running isn’t going to make you ‘fat’. Eating cake for dinner just because you feel like it isn’t going to ruin your whole ‘diet’. Everything in moderation, remember?
When you ignore your body's signals, that's when bad things can happen.
So, let’s take a basic body signal like food cravings. We have cravings for a reason. Our bodies crave nutrients we are deficient in. We are very simple beings in that way. If you crave salty food, you are deficient in salt. Pretty basic, really. And yes, we need salt. But, if we ignore the craving, the deficiency gets worse, and our hormones suffer.
Okay, another body signal. You run 8 miles a day and suddenly your leg starts hurting. What do you do? You ‘push through’ because it’s just a little soreness, right? You continue to run the 8 miles a day, and over time, your leg gets worse. Finally the pain is so bad, you can’t run anymore. A few days of rest aren’t looking so bad anymore are they?
Obviously, most situations aren’t that simple. But my point is, take the time, do a body scan, and really listen to your body. What does it need from you?
Now, on this cycle day 2, I'm feeling very tired.
I have a bit of a fuzzy brain. I’m not ‘all here’ as it were. But I’m okay with that. I’m prioritizing rest, and listening to my body.
We went for a fairly long walk today (okay it was 6 miles) and I actually felt pretty good. We talked a lot about ‘the business’ and brainstormed new posts and social media strategies among other things. We also got sticky buns for breakfast from Barry’s Buns so there’s that.
But, when I got home I was exhausted, my legs and my feet were aching. I took a shower, washed my hair, and plopped on my butt. I haven’t moved much since. And I don’t feel guilty one bit!
And that's the important thing to remember: no guilt!
If you’re feeling down, acknowledge it! Figure out why you’re feeling down. Are you sad? Lonely? Overstimulated? Tired? Pushing yourself too hard?
Take cues! Listen to your body! Get to the bottom of it and make changes to improve!
I find that sleep and nourishing food can improve just about any situation.
We're having tacos for dinner with home made tortillas.
How are you feeling today? Have you taken time for yourself to just be? Are you listening to your body?