Sunday, January 11, 2009

Listen to your body signals

People get headaches all the time. But what do you do when you get one?

Normally, I admit, I just take some over the counter medicine and cope.

But today, I did not have that luxury. The acetamenophin did not work. My body needed more than that to deal with the stresses and other issues causing the headache. The sharp, vice grip not only throbbed, but also burned. So I chose to lay down and try to sleep it off.

An hour and a half later . . . my hubby came in to wake me up.

Holy cow! An hour and a half had passed. It felt like five minutes, but I felt better albeit a little groggy.

Sometimes, what our bodies need is not a "band-aide" fix. We really need to let them take the time to heal. We need to just plain stop. But that idleness seems somehow wrong. Why is that? Habit? I've found that I keep moving because that's what I'm used to doing. I actually have to be intentional about being still.

Have you been listening to your body's needs?

Or have you been ignoring them?

PS Remember to visit me over at God Uses Broken Vessels, my daily blog.

1 comment:

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Angie -

This is an important topic for me. For awhile, I was running, running until I collapsed. Now, I take time to relax and recharge.

As someone who deals with occasional migraines, I've learned that too much or too little sleep can trigger one of these beasts. Stress, cheese, red grapes, chocolate (when I go overboard), and a lack of water can send me over the edge.

When we take activity to an extreme, we upset the delicate balance in our bodies. Hard work is valuable, but so is rest.

Susan :)