Shhh. Listen. What do you hear?
Is your body sending you a signal? What is it trying to tell you? Mine is sending a pretty clear message.
I'm training for the Avon39 on October 15th in honor of a dear friend’s birthday (39 miles in two days to raise awareness and funds to eradicate breast cancer), and my heels are whispering to me. It's not a loud cry or hammering message, but it's there. My husband has planters fasciitis, so I'm very attune to the pain unusual boosts in activity and overtraining can cause. My plan is to avoid it at all costs!
The body is vocal and resilient. My heels are telling me something and I have two choices:
- ignore it and push through (and most likely make it worse)
- address it and nip it in the bud.
Which do you typically do? Right now take a body scan. Start with your feet and notice how they feel. Do they ache, itch or crack, or feel spry and happy? Now notice your calves, shins, knees and upper legs. Move to your groin, hips, belly and lower back. On to your lungs, chest and upper back. Down your shoulders to your elbows and fingers and up again. Lastly to your neck, mouth, jaw, eyes, forehead and scalp. Consider your skin.
Hear anything? Take a moment to really listen, and write down what you notice.
Next to each “message” write an action step to address what your body is telling you. It may be to hydrate or moisturize if you noticed any dryness. Or to stretch or self-massage if there tightness. It may warrant a trip to a medical professional to perhaps check a concerning mole, cough or lump.
Years ago, I had terrible TMJ, so much so that I could barely open my mouth. Turns out I was a relentless teeth clencher, which not only resulted in my jaw coming off its disk (causing jaw, neck and head pain), but also getting in the way of any semblance of a decent night’s sleep. Ultimately, through mouth guards, physical therapy and avoidance of hard to chew foods, it healed. If only I had listened to my body early on in that process I would have saved countless hours of pain and thousands of dollars in doctor bills.
So this morning, as I experienced a slight nudge from my heels, I took heed and made some adjustments:
- Today being a rest day from training, resting was a no brainer. But I still had places to go and people to see!
- Given my bare feet on the floor made the “nudge” more apparent, I put on my cushy slippers around the house, and wore my fun fashion sneakers on the way to meetings
- I stretched my calves and feet, and used some of my favorite essential oils. Ah the relief!
- Lastly, I made a mental note to continue to pay attention. MOJO Makers #6: Listen to your body!
Now look back at your list, and pick your own “message” to address. I promise you, it will not go away if you ignore it (as much as we all wish that the case). Instead of avoidance, implement an action step and pat yourself on the back. Your body will thank you!
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™