Your Body Knows

Your Body Knows

When it comes to looking after ourselves, we often hear the expression ‘listen to your body’. In fact, I find myself repeating it often. But do we know what it really means? I’ve always believed in the mind/body connection, but for years have understood it on an intellectual level without truly experiencing it. Looking back now, I can see I wasn’t listening to my own body until fairly recently. Mostly because, in my 20s and 30s, I was lucky enough to be able to rely on natural resilience to remain healthy. Throughout my career as a Beauty & Health Editor on magazines, I researched all the new fitness and nutrition trends, and would road test the latest things – a new herbal tincture here, superfood powders or coconut water there. A few weeks of boot camp Pilates or a phase of jogging round the park in ‘barefoot’ trainers. However, I wasn’t sticking to a balanced, healthy regime a lot of the time, and I took it for granted that I could bounce back from late nights and pressure in a full-on job with constant deadlines.

That all changed in my late 30s when it started to become obvious my bounce back ability wasn’t so strong anymore. It would take me two days instead of one to recover from a big night out; my digestion began to play up and I felt like I needed to move more to deal with the tension stiffening my body. I was running on empty. So, I began taking care of myself on a physical level, being mindful over the food I was eating and what I put into my body generally, as well as taking up yoga regularly. Read More…