Nov 24, 2014

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Listening to My Body

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Last November, I made a well-planned decision to slow down, in general — to reduce the number of projects and on-going activities I was multitasking on.  At the urging of my husband, I began to focus more of my limited free time on taking better care of myself.  Not an easy task when you have four children, ranging in ages 2 to 16.

Soon, I found myself at our local gym, energetically using the treadmill, stretching and feeling proud of myself.  Gradually, I began to change my eating habits, and I slept better at night.  By January, I even lost a few pounds.  My energy level (and mood) improved, and I began to feel more focused and clear about what’s important in my life.

All of that lasted until I realized the deadline for a project (I had committed to earlier) was soon approaching.

Yes, the project completely side-tracked me.  There are only 24 hours in a day.  I began to go to sleep late again.  Because I was tired, I had very little energy to get myself to the gym.  I began to feel stressed about meeting the project’s deadline and, so, my body began to express itself — the aches and pains returned, my neck felt stiff, and my energy level plummeted.

But I listened to my body. I welcomed what it (so wisely) was trying to tell me.  And I accepted the insightful message.

I chose to appreciate all that my body does for me, as it carries my ambitious spirit — day in and day out.

I chose to simplify, slow down, go to bed earlier, play more and honor this body I got.  The only one I have.

Yes, it was time to turn off the computer, to slow down the creative process, and embrace rest, sleep, exercise and healthy eating again.  My body had spoken, and I had listened.

Back to dancing again in the middle of my living room.  Back to singing to the beat of Shakira’s songs, as I drove in my car. Back to me.

Lesson Learned:  Consult your body before committing to new projects.

How does your body speak to you?

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. Judith Duval says:

    Listening to your body is so key! Sometimes there is so much noise, that it take a while to actually figure out what your body is telling you…I’m trying to learn how to weed through the noise and listen to the signals!

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