Listen to Your Body

If you are feeling a little depleted during these uncertain times, either mentally due to worry, or physically because of long hours or a changing schedule, it’s time to listen to your body. The body and mind have incredible ways of alerting us that something may be off and sometimes just a quick adjustment in our habits, lifestyle or diet can make all the difference. Here are a few common complaints and what you can do to combat them.

Tired?

Sneak outside for some sunshine. Your body could be missing some Vitamin D.

Drink more water. A lack of hydration can lead to many symptoms, like headache, dry skin and dizziness, but it can also make the individual feel very tired.

Sick a lot?

Work on your mental health. People who have high stress levels or who are anxious a lot tend to be sick more often.

Get more sleep. The body uses rest as a way to rebuild itself and our immune systems cannot function at their best if we are running on E.

Anxious?

Consider better balancing your sugar levels. Upon waking up, grab a banana before your shower and eat a light snack before bed, like nuts or yogurt, to keep levels from crashing. And remember to snack throughout the day, as well.

If you are experiencing low-level anxiety all throughout the day, regardless of your perceived stress levels, then you are probably not taking enough time to reset the fight or flight response. There are stressors in everyone’s lives and if we are not taking the time to decompress, those emotions turn into anxiety, which can lead to a whole slew of concerns, like headaches, lack of sleep and others.

Headaches?

If it has been a while since you’ve been to a chiropractor, you might want to think about scheduling an appointment. Tension due to stressful days can lead to a body that is out of alignment and can easily cause headaches.

Again, hydration is often the culprit behind many of these ailments and getting plenty of fluids can keep the blood and oxygen flowing properly and can keep the brain tissue hydrated, eliminating headaches.

Tummy troubles?

The mind and the body are incredibly connected and when one is off, the other likely will be, too. Take some time to understand the mind-body connection and aim to reduce anxiety and correct tummy troubles with fermented foods like kefir, tempeh, miso and kimchi, and plenty of fiber.

Talk to your doctor about the possibility of a food allergy or sensitivity. Many individuals are allergic or sensitive to gluten from wheat and other grains and a few simple changes in the diet can be just what is needed to eliminate tummy troubles, like diarrhea, bloating, pain, constipation and even fatigue.

As you can see, there is a common thread that runs through each of these, whether it’s a lack of sleep, a food sensitivity or dehydration. Be sure to check in with yourself once in a while and stay in tune to any changes you may be experiencing that are slightly off from your norm. Well wishes to you!