A Reminder to Trust Your Body
We are currently living in a world where we are so busy all the time, we have started to outsource everything. We ask friends and family to recommend books, holidays, restaurants; we trust that other people’s suggestions will suit us because we do not have the time to do the research ourselves.
This pattern has spread to health. We often turn to the internet and people we don’t even know to find out what to do and what not to do: “is coffee good or bad?”, “should I do weights?”, “how much wine is bad?” The major problem with this is that no-one has definitive answers. For example, coffee might be fine for you while you’re on holiday, sleeping well, eating three good meals a day and experiencing very low levels of stress. However, coffee might also not be the best choice for you while you’re working to meet deadlines which adds chronic stress into your system. This is why it’s important for health decisions to be made on an individual basis – there is no effective one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to health.
We have to learn to self-judge. We have to learn to take responsibility, to self-educate, analyse, and self-assess.
Taking back control of our own health is the key to making enlightened and empowered health decisions. The good news is that we already know how to do it. Humans have a built-in system to automatically tell us when something is good or bad. We have, at some point in the last few decades, decided to outsource this decision-making process to Google. While consulting the internet can seem like a reliable and efficient way to make informed decisions, it is often generalised and misleading. Your body will tell you everything you need to know – you just need to trust it.
Start thinking about constructive questions to ask yourself, and focus your energy on listening to how your body responds. Before your next coffee, ask yourself: “do I really need this?” or “is it just a habit?” After your coffee, ask yourself: “do you feel better or worse?”, “did I make a good food decision after?”, “did I sleep better or worse that night?”, “were my levels of concentration affected?” This process will allow you to build a wealth of specialised information, equipping you to self-regulate based on your body’s individual needs, rather than relying on popular health trends and misinformation.
The key for improving your health is checking in with what your body is trying to tell you. This might take practice to implement and maintain initially, but it won’t take long to feel natural and normal. Like anything, it will take time and effort initially, but the benefits are well worth it.