5 Ways to Be In Your Body
We're all guilty of it - sitting on the couch binge watching our favortie Netflix shows, with our favorite snacks on deck. With a deadly virus looming the air, we're all stressed, confused, and emotionally overloaded.
Food is comfort. And, with winter among us - outdoor activity is fairly limited, depending on your location. During quarentine, I've gained much unwanted weight due to emotionally eating, and I've finally accepted that it's perfectly ok. As a wellness professional I find myself constantly eyeing my wellness habits with a magnifying glass, and after trying to hold myself to some impossible standard - during a global crises, nonetheless - I've learned to grant myself plenty of grace.
Most of the time we go through our day, through our activities, our work, our relationships, our conversations, and very rarely do we ground ourselves in an awareness of our bodies. We are lost in our thoughts, our feelings, our emotions, our stories, our plans.
Below are 5 tips to help you be in your body:
Slow down. A very simple guide or check on this state of being lost is to pay attention to those times when you feel like you are rushing. Rushing does not have to do with speed. You can rush moving slowly, and you can rush moving quickly. We are rushing when we feel we are toppling forward. Our minds run ahead of ourselves; they are out there where we want to get to, instead of being settled back in our bodies. The feeling of rushing is good feedback. Whenever we are not present, right then, in that situation, we should stop and take a few deep breathes. Settle into the body again. Feel yourself sitting. Feel the step of a walk, be in your body.
Be aware of a different flow. Each day brings a new energy - no two days are ever the same. Reality changes from moment to moment, and if we're not present we miss this flow. When we allow things to feel different without judgement, we flow with what is more naturally.
Prioritize self-care. The term self-care has become so commerically comoditized. Ladies, getting our hair, nails, and buying clothes fall into the category of "self-maintenence" but self-care is a bit more extensive. Self-care - in this case - means attending to your senses in a way that helps you tap into your inner world. That can be taking in some beautiful art (or painting yourself), getting intimate with yourself and your inner most needs, and settling into your body and savoring your experience.
Move your body. This is two-fold. When we think of exercise, we often imagine running, yoga, or lifting weights in a sweaty gym with body builders grunting and hogging machines - as me how I know. Moving doesn't have to be extreme or complicated. In fact, the more we move our body - the more connected we feel to it. It can be as simple as brisk 10 minute walk, a dance session in your living room, or some light stretching when your feeling overwhelmed with thoughts. When we focus on the body, we tap into its wisdom, our intutions, our true feelings - and exit the mind, which releaved neck and shoulder tension, allowing for more energy flow in the lower half of our bodies.
Reflect. Ask yourself, "How might my relationship with myself and loved ones benefit from more pleasure and intimacy?" You know the saying, you can't pour from an empty cup. It took me a long time (still learning btw) to realize that when my relationship with myself is full and tended to, my relationships with others blossom. Always remeber: YOU are your first priority.