Monday, February 27, 2012

Do you listen to your body?

Recently I've been feeling run down and very extremely tired. While we were on break last week I was up until 1 or sometimes 2 a.m. - I slept until at least 10 most days and a few days it was almost 11 before I could peel myself out of bed.

My to-do lists seem to be never-ending. The things I want to do and events I want to attend seem to be put on the back burner to make room for more projects I keep saying yes to.
When am I going to learn to say no?

Sure, I keep saying that I am going cut back and make time for me - do what I really want to do - even if all that means is sitting on the couch to read some magazines, walking on the beach, or writing a blog post.

Yet somehow this is not what is happening. For every one project I said no to, I seem to have said yes to three others. There is definitely something wrong with this scenario ... and my body is trying to tell me something.

My body is saying "Hello, snap out of it. Listen to me. You're not a spring chicken anymore and you need to slow down." So why am I not listening to my body? Why can I not say no to people?

When your body is so tired that you can't wait to go bed, but when you finally lay down your brain goes into overload ... there is a problem.

When insomnia sets in and you lay in bed for 2 hours watching the clock ... there is a problem.

When you don't listen to your body ... there is a problem.

Starting today, starting right now, I am going to listen to my body. Some people may be upset or annoyed with me when I tell them that I can't finish something I said I would do and the house might not be spotless. The laundry and dishes may pile up, but that's OK because I am going to start saying yes to me and start listening to my body.

How often do you listen to your body when it's trying to tell you something?


  1. I can 100% relate. I am a notorious busy body-type A people pleaser, and this definitely getse in trouble sometimes. I want to do everything and be everything, but as working moms we just can't be all the time. I've realized that the hard way. I've had to literally sit and write out what my top priorities are so I make sure I put the most energy into what matters most to me; the rest I have to let fall by the wayside. And I'm ok with that.

  2. I am so happy you are going to listen. Last summer I did not listen and I began getting panic attacks and my anxiety had hit the roof. I started seeing a therapist (who I still see bTW) and she has really made me realize that I need to take time for me, even though at times I feel guilty about it. I have since listened to my body too and it has made a world of difference. Take care of yourself!

  3. Julie and Sarah - thank you both so much for your kind reassuring words. xoxo