Let’s talk about the most foundational of the wellness dimensions: physical wellness.
Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another “Eat well and get plenty of exercise” lecture, we’ve all heard that before. Instead, let’s focus on what is the most basic aspect of physical wellness, but something that many of us forget to do:
Listen to your body!
There’s an old Buddhist saying, “When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep.” That sounds simple enough – and it is – but sometimes our brains try to complicate things, or we misinterpret their signals.
For example, you’ve probably heard that sometimes our bodies can mistake thirst for hunger, and that does have some science behind it. Hunger and thirst are both controlled by the same part of the brain and can have similar symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and irritability.
So how do you know?
Well, most experts agree that it can’t hurt to start by drinking a glass of water. If you are in fact thirsty, you will feel better shortly afterward, if you are hungry or tired, you’ll likely still be hungry or tired a few minutes after drinking the water.
So, try to remember that while your body is sending you signals, the key is to understand them in the context of your daily life. If you feel irritable and moody every afternoon around 3:00, do you need an apple or a nap? Well, when was the last time you ate or slept?
Here’s a great article that goes into a little more detail about how to read your body’s signals.
Another aspect of physical wellness that we often overlook is our vibrational energy.
Many wellness practitioners believe that our positive thoughts and feelings (joy, love, contentment) can create high-frequency vibrations, while negative ones (anger, fear, hopelessness) can cause lower frequency vibrations.
Meditation, breathwork, even something as simple as feeling deep gratitude can raise your energetic frequency.
As simplistic as it may sound, committing to spend some time throughout the day to be aware of your energetic levels can make a big difference.
Take a minute to check in with yourself.
How are you feeling? What do you need?
And don’t forget that the Flower Essences in our mists can help you to feel calmer and happier. And they smell f*cking amazing.
Physical wellness comes down to listening to your body and picking up on its clues.
Start by staying hydrated and rested, and pay attention to how your body feels energetically. After a while you’ll start to see patterns and begin to better understand what your body needs.
Let that sh*t go!