Do you really know how to listen to your body?
It speaks to you all the time. But, are you paying attention to what it’s saying?
Most people aren’t.
Life’s a lot easier when we ignore those little aches and pains, that bad week of sleep, the occasional stomach ache, those recurring colds.
I know…You reason that most of the time the problem just goes away on its own, so what’s different this time?
The truth is, a lot of people seem to get by just fine for years, ignoring their symptoms and health problems. But that doesn’t change the one important fact:
➡ Maybe your stomach pain was merely a reaction to a bad piece of fruit, or maybe it meant that your stomach is beginning to have serious troubles.
➡ Maybe it’s an abdominal aneurysm
➡ Perhaps it’s the beginning stages of an ulcer, or cancer…
You just don’t know.
Is this how you treat your car if it suddenly starts making weird noises, or if a wet stain suddenly shows up on your ceiling?
I hope not.
One of the obvious truths of life is that a problem ignored is a problem that will soon grow worse. It’s true in relationships, the workplace, the government, your home, and with your own body.
Maybe this would be a good time to start listening to your insides…that little, nagging voice, or the one that’s been screaming at you while you had your earphones on.
It’s easy to “classify” health into two parts:
➡ The first is healthy, everyday living, and covers issues like food, exercise, sleep, stress control, and energy.
➡ The second part of health is what you could call “Capital-Letter” diseases. Health issues like:
And hundreds of other diagnosable chronic conditions.
- These are the age robbers
- These are the killers
These are the conditions that researchers focus on, all of us fear, and each of us wants to avoid.
Starting around age 45, most adults start experiencing more and more nagging symptoms. The reason is simple – after four decades of life, natural wear-and-tear is beginning to catch up with you.
➡ Suddenly your joints hurt more, your digestion isn’t so reliable, your hearing and eyesight are not as sharp, and you start losing your alertness and focus by around mid-afternoon.
Most of the time, these health issues are pretty small. But my message is BIG:
➡ If you take care of the “little things” now, they won’t become “large problems” later.
Unfortunately, most people refuse to look at the bigger picture. It’s just too scary, or too much trouble, or too something.
By taking action to remedy small health issues now, you’re lengthening your life and will be able to enjoy living it when you’re older.
“But,” you say…and I hear this all the time: “I’m already old, I probably only have 10-15 good years left in me.”
Me: Ok-So how do you want to spend them? Where do you want to live? In a nursing home? With your adult children? Needing daily home care?
You: But “WHY should I pay attention to those little aches and pain?”
Me: Because symptoms are exactly that: It’s the way an emerging problem reveals itself to you.
The pain isn’t the real problem, for example, it’s the cause of the pain that often matters more.
Or take a cold, for instance: You may be focused on stopping your runny nose, but that’s not the important task – What needs to happen is to stop the underlying virus from spreading.
The “big message” here is that a “Long Life” is more than just eating well, exercising, and maintaining a great attitude.
It also includes listening to your body and responding quickly and thoughtfully to what it’s telling you.
Can you hear it now? Shhhh….Listen.