When stress or being busy results in being unable to give our body the time and attention it deserves, we can begin to feel disconnected from it. We may feel like we’re fighting our bodies or even feeling like our sense of ‘I’ and our body have become disconnected. This lack of connection can also make it difficult to care about what happens to it and make choices for it that are healthy. When this happens, it’s crucial that we take time to reconnect with our body and work to reestablish that bond with our most intimate friend… Ourselves.
Simple Steps For Restoring The Connection Between Body and Soul
Reconnecting with our body isn’t some mystical journey that requires long hours of meditation and climbing to the highest mountaintops. Taking some simple steps each day can make great strides towards rebuilding this bond and helping us feel like we’re genuinely occupying our body instead of just a passenger in it. If you’ve been feeling separate from your body, consider taking some of the following tips:
Yoga: Exercise is always a great way to help us genuinely inhabit our bodies, and yoga is excellent in this way. The process of yoga causes us to slow down, to become aware of our bodies, and to treat with them gently. The added flexibility and practice doing conscious breathing are just bonuses.
Reintroduce Yourself: When you’re showering, applying lotion, shaving, or even just brushing your hair, take a little extra time to do it. Be present in the living moment and feel the way the soap feels on your skin, the way the brush moves through your hair, and how muscles move as you do.
Communication: Whether you realize it or not, we talk to our bodies all the time. When we criticize some perceived blemish in the mirror, starting a diet, or even wonder what’s causing that headache. Start thinking about how you talk about your body, and begin doing so deliberately and gently as you extend an olive branch.
Think Systemically: We all too often think of ourselves in parts. My mind, my thighs, my underarms, my belly. Remember that you and your body are one and that all your parts go together to make the whole that is you. Spend a few moments reflecting in the mirror and start trying to see your body and mind as a unified whole.
These are among the methods you can work with to help bring your body and mind together. Doing so is often the first step in making real change in our health, both mentally and physically.
The Benefits Of The Mind-Body Bond
Reestablishing the bond between our body and mind is an essential part of helping patients recover from trauma, both physical and mental. Are you ready to learn more about how to start rebuilding those bonds to improve your overall health?