Nourish November: November 18- Make Time Each Day to Check in with Your Body
It's so easy to get caught up in the day and not pay attention to how our bodies are doing and feeling. I am often guilty of doing this. I will look down and realize I'm clenching my hands or my legs. I know that I hold tension in different parts of my body without realizing it. A way to combat this is to check in with your body a few times a day.
Here are some things you can think about:
Are you clenching your hands or your jaw?
Can you feel tension in other areas of your body?
Are you sitting in a way that is good for your posture and your back?
Are your shoulders scrunched up to your ears?
Are you dehydrated?
Are your eyes tired?
Sometimes it just takes a small adjustment, like stretching for a few minutes or rolling your wrists or ankles to make your body feel more relaxed. It can help your eyes to look away from a computer for a few minutes each hour. You can also look up, down, left and right to release tension in the eye area. I know that I often clench my jaw without realizing it, so I've had to retrain myself on how to keep my mouth and jaw relaxed. It's something I still need to work on, but I know if I keep my jaw clenched it can lead to migraines.
Our bodies do so much for us every day, and it usually feels like we don't have time to stop and take a break. However, I've found that a few short breaks for body check-ins can make a big difference in how I feel throughout the day and week. Tomorrow, consider setting a reminder or two to touch base with your body and see if you can make some small changes. When we take care of our bodies, they take care of us.