How are you doing? That’s a question we often ask friends and loved ones because we are concerned about their well-being. We ask because we truly want to know how they are and what’s going on in their lives. Unfortunately, we sometimes aren’t so great about extending that same courtesy to ourselves. Taking time to pause and check in with ourselves and truly listening to what our body is trying to tell us is not something we are necessarily accustomed to doing but learning to do so can bring immeasurable benefit to our overall peace of mind. Remember that health is not just the absence of sickness. Here are five questions to ask yourself to gain some insight on what’s going on inside your body
How are you feeling? Take a look at what is going on in both your personal and professional life. Do you have supportive loved ones in your life – family and or friends that you can reach out to or talk with and spend time with? How’s your mood? Are you content with your life and circumstances or do you find that you are quick to anger and frustrated easily? How are things at work? Do you feel appreciated and valued? How well do you sleep at night? What do you spend your time thinking about? Start to pay attention to your everyday situation and ask yourself these questions. Get clear on any noticeable imbalances and then take the necessary action to have a more fulfilled life.
What’s your energy level? Do you find yourself getting sick often? When you wake up in the morning, do you feel refreshed and ready to start the new day or do you wake up feeling tired and drained? Do you feel sustained throughout your day or burned out and overtaxed as the day draws to a close? Feeling drained every once in awhile is probably pretty normal but if it’s an ongoing situation your body is likely trying to get your attention. Slow down and take a closer look.
How’s your complexion? It’s been said that your skin can be a mirror to your health. Often times skin disorders like acne and eczema are symptomatic to other issues going on inside your body. A breakout around your menstrual cycle is of course a pretty normal occurrence but again if you are suffering with an ongoing skin irritation, it might be time to look a little more closely. Once I started introducing lots of healthy vegetables into my diet, my skin cleared up so much that I found myself not wanting to wear a bunch of make up. It’s not that makeup is bad – I still enjoy some quality products from time to time but there is a difference between wanting to wear it and needing to wear it. Give more attention to your skin and notice any changes that occur when you change your diet.
What’s your pH level? During my studies at IIN, I learned that the pH of human blood is regulated and should stay within a range of 7.35 to 7.45. When it gets higher than 7.45 your body is becoming to acidic and disease thrives in an acidic environment. High acidic foods tend to be grains, dairy and meats whereas most fruits and vegetables tend to be more alkaline. Balance is key. You can test this yourself by purchasing some fairly inexpensive pH test strips. You’ll be hard pressed finding the strips in drug stores but you can usually find them in health food stores and online. My pH level is not something I test on a regular basis, just every once in awhile to check in with my body to see how I’m doing.
Is it time for a doctor visit? It is important to understand that no amount of self-diagnosis should take the place of visiting your doctor on a regular basis. While an annual check up is a popular choice it is really a more personal decision based on your needs and desires. Again, check in with yourself. If something is telling you to go to the doctor, then you probably should. Chronic symptoms and feeling bad on a regular basis are also signs that it’s time to set up an appointment with your doctor.
Learning to pay attention to your body and how it is communicating with you is quite empowering and I found that I started making better lifestyle choices for myself once I was able to understand this and make that connection.
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Tammy Batcha is a life-long resident of the Shenandoah Valley. A long-time commuter, she seeks to reconnect to her community. A board certified, health and wellness coach, she continues to study integrative nutritional theory while guiding others on a path to wellness.