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Listen To Your Body – It Tells You When to Slow Down

Day 20 of our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge

Why you need to listen to your body!

Our bodies are amazing. They are so much more complex and capable than we give them credit for. We don’t really notice until it becomes an emergency and we see just how strong and resilient we really are. Our bodies are also quite smart and good at telling us when it’s time to slow down.

Carry on reading today’s blog post and learn more about why it is very important to listen to your body (before it’s too late).

Here’s a lesson we’ve learned the hard way and we don’t want you to have to do the same. Listen to your body. It will tell you when you need to slow down and when you need to go get some much deserved rest. Pushing past that point may be possible for a little while, but the longer you ignore these signals from your body, the louder it will scream at you to slow down and get some shuteye.

It’s important to listen to your body when it needs a break from work or workouts. Stress takes its toll and by the time you notice the signs from your body that I’m about to share with you, you’re no longer at peak performance. Everything you do will continue to take you longer and longer and you’ll do it with less precision and efficiency than if you were rested. In short, slowing down and taking a break doesn’t waste time. You’ll come back refreshed and able to do much better work in a shorter amount of time.

Now let’s look at some of the signals your body may send you to let you know that it’s time to slow down or take a break. These are all signals that you’re getting exhausted. Heed them and get some rest. Depending on the situation either active or passive rest (see Day 19) may work. At other times, you’ve just got to admit defeat and go to sleep for a good 12 hours to catch up.

Feeling Foggy

Often the first sign that it’s time for some R&R is that you’re starting to feel foggy. You’re not on top of your game and even everyday tasks take you longer than normal. Listen to your body and slow down.

Getting Irritable and Mood Swings

When you find yourself getting irritable and snapping at others without much reason, it’s a good sign that you’re too stressed. Mood swings are another powerful sign from your body that it’s time to slow down.

Huge Afternoon Slump

We all get a little tired in the afternoon. It’s not uncommon and the reason we all head to the coffee cart or snack machine somewhere from 2pm to 4pm. When it gets worse, you can barely keep your eyes open, or have to lay down for nap to make it through the rest of the day, that’s a pretty good sign that it’s time to slow down and rest more in general.

Craving Junk Food

When you find yourself munching on donuts, sweets, heading to the snack machine or local shop frequently throughout the day and going for snacks at home after you’ve just had dinner it’s a good sign that you’re exhausted. You’re trying to compensate for your fatigue with sugar and salt.

Getting Sick Frequently

This is a serious cry for help from your body. When you come down with cold after cold and fighting off infection after infection it’s time for some serious changes. Take some time off, reduce your workload, and most importantly get more rest and take care of yourself.

Day 20’s Stress-busting Mantra is “Fear is nothing more than a feeling of uncertainty”

Any questions or comments? Stop by the Facebook group to chat.

In case you missed one of our posts, here is what we’ve shared so far:

Day 1 – The Dangers of Stress

Day 2 – The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation

Day 3 – Quick Stress Buster: Take A Nap

Day 4 – How To Know That You’re Too Stressed

Day 5 – Quick Stress Buster: Take a Breath

Day 6 – Taking Time to Relax Actually Helps You Get More Done

Day 7 – Quick Stress Buster: Go For A Walk

Day 8 – Yourself Before You Can Take Care Of Everyone Else

Day 9 – Quick Stress Buster: Try Meditation

Day 10 – Work Hard and Play Hard

Day 11 – Quick Stress Buster: Plant Something

Day 12 – The Value of Doing Nothing At All

Day 13 – Quick Stress Buster: Start Journaling

Day 14 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out

Day 15 – Quick Stress Buster: Lose Yourself in a Book or Movie

Day 16 – Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Day 17 – Quick Stress Buster: Laugh Out Loud

Day 18 – Active Relaxation vs. Passive Relaxation and Why You Need Both

Da 19 – Quick Stress Buster: Phone a Friend

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