Are You Listening?

Who are you listening to these days?  The most popular blog posts are the top 5, 10, 20, etc. lists on how to be, feel or do better.  If you search a particular topic, you’ll likely find multiple lists with contradictory suggestions.  While these lists can be helpful, they can also send us into a tailspin of confusion and frustration.

I’ve recently been working to improve my health and have received a ton of different advice.  I initially welcomed the insight, especially from medical professionals, and went full force into making changes.  In that gusto though, I lost sight of my own intuition and when I began to feel worse instead of better, I realized something else had to change.  I had to bring my own opinion into the mix and place a higher premium on it.

I invite you to tune inward and empower yourself to move forward in ways that serve you best.  Add your insight to those lists and to conversations with your healthcare team.  The reality is no one will ever know you better than you know you.

Here are some strategies that are working well for me to tune inward:

  • Make time to be still and listen to yourself, that quiet voice inside is usually right.  Practice paying attention to your intuition, your gut or your sixth sense.
  • Notice how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally.  That’s a great indication of what’s working and what’s not working.  A journal or log works well, so you can look back to see correlations with food, activity, relationships and such.
  • Ask your healthcare team questions and be sure you understand what they’re recommending and why.  Be an advocate for your health, you're worth it!
  • Research and expert insights can be helpful, listen and learn and then engage with what you think will work best for you.  (If you don’t think it will work, it likely won’t regardless of how good the remedy seems to be, mindset plays a huge role here.)
  • Test different approaches with an open mind and also a discerning mind.  If it’s not working for you, stop and try something different.

As always, I’d love to hear from you!  What’s working well for you to tune inward and listen to your body?