“You need to listen to your body.” It’s advice you’ve probably heard time and again, especially if you have a chronic illness. But what does “listening to your body” actually mean? It’s not as if some part of us other than our mouths is going to start talking and telling us what it needs.
Luckily, there are other tools besides our ears we can use to heed the signals are body is sending. Read on to find out more.
Listening to your body by practicing Mindfulness
The term “mindfulness” might be as vague as “listen to your body,” but the concept itself is simple, if not easy.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness, in short, is bringing your focus back to the present moment instead of dwelling about what’s happened in the past or worrying about what’s going to happen in the future.
A beginner’s exercise
Not sure where to start? Try sitting or lying down and closing your eyes. Focus on each part of your body and their sensations: your feet, you legs, your torso, your arms, your back, your shoulders, your neck, your head, and your breath.
Listen and take action
This is an example of mindfully experiencing a moment, and it can help you relax parts of your body that are tense (didn’t realize your shoulders were tensed up to your ears?) and notice places of discomfort you might have been ignoring.
Knowing where your body needs help allows you to take action — whether it’s stretching, exercising, resting, making the association between a dietary or environmental trigger, or remembering to take medication. Learning how to practice mindfulness and listen to your body can work wonders when it comes to managing your chronic illness.
Managing Chronic Illness at IVX Health
If IV infusions are a part of your health plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health. IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.