And you? Do you listen to your body?

Martine Bernier

Health journalist, editor-in-chief

May 12, 2021

Our body has needs that we often don’t want to hear. Yet we are mindful of its whims. And for good reason… A craving for chocolate or a salty flavor does not go unnoticed because the sensation is immediate and provokes.

It is more subtle to really listen to the needs of your body. The process requires downtime, to return to oneself in order to become aware of the signals sent physically, but also emotionally, and mentally. The interaction between these three poles is constant: our health depends on their condition.

The clearest messages we receive in the event of a problem are relayed by symptoms that are difficult to ignore: persistent fatigue, loss of energy, multiple aches and pains, migraines, insomnia, rapid and unexpected weight loss or gain, sudden loss of hair, lack of muscle strength … there are many examples. Ignore these signs can make things worse and lead to illness or even accidents. They must urge us to consult, but also to scrutinize the events of our lives that activate these levers of physical suffering.

HOW DO YOU AVOID COMING TO THIS END?

By providing us with the elements necessary for our balance on a daily basis. Physically, we know that we need to breathe the purest air possible, to enjoy natural light, drink enough, eat healthily, to make exercise regularly, and sleep an average of seven hours a night. But these essential elements are not enough to ensure a peaceful life. We have also need to limit the intervention of “bad” stress in our life, to be recognized for who we are and what we do, maintain relationships enriching with our loved ones and those around us, have projects, and cultivate our passions. Listening to your feelings, feelings, and emotions without doubting their legitimacy is a way of being of service and, clearly, of setting up effective prevention against ill-being. A way of proceeding that we do not have elsewhere not invented since the Greek writer Plutarch (46 – 125) already said:

“ The beginning of living well is to listen well. ”

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