Today’s food for thought is on body wisdom, and paying attention to how we’re physically feeling:
I woke up this morning feeling sluggish, tired, my head hurt, and my brain couldn’t quite compute much of anything. I felt physically crappy.
Previously, I’d have worked myself into a funk about waking up feeling less than great (which would lead to feeling worse and likely snapping at people most of the day). Today, I reminded myself to slow the mental roll and ponder about it for a minute. Why might I be feeling so physically off, especially after a night of good sleep?
I thought back to the previous day. We’d been at a birthday party with family and friends. I’d enjoyed cake and pizza. I’d spent a good chunk of the day with others I enjoy being with. It was a day filled with lots of good stuff: love, treats, and a change from the usual schedule.
AND — it was a very full day in the space of others and some foods I don’t eat a ton of most days because I know they can leave me feeling off (especially the gluten — I’ve found I don’t feel great after eating bread and the like).
I’m glad I spent yesterday the way I did — it filled me up on one level, most definitely. And I also see that today’s physically yuckness is a reminder that I need refilling in another space: me time.
I’m learning I need filling in lots of different spaces and ways at different times, and when I don’t get enough of something, I start to feel physically/mentally/emotionally off. (I’m also learning that different things fill up different people at different times, and what might fill me up might be very draining for someone else.)
Looking at today, I’m going to get in some extra vegetables, fruits, and water, and I think I’ll fit in a nap somewhere along the way. I’ll see how I’m feeling at the end of the day, and if I need to take something off the calendar for this week to make room for a little extra me time, I will. (Another learning: it’s okay to change my mind!)
Consider: What if feeling physically crappy is a chance to learn something about ourselves, and that we can make adjustments each day when we find something that needs a tweak? And we’re not the only ones who may need adjustments (because we all do along the way!). How can we model this learning for our teens, so they can learn/relearn to listen to themselves and adjust as needed?