Be in Control of Your Body and Mind

It is truly incredible how in tune we as humans can be with our bodies. With our busy schedules, high levels of stress, and constant temptations being imprinted in our daily lives it is easy to not listen to what we need. As we are now approaching the end of the first week of the year people tend to slip right back into their old habits and tendencies and will power is tested strongly. A lot of failed resolutions and goals occur simply because we are not truly in the moment with ourselves. When given a high stress situation our naturalistic responses to protect ourselves are to eat, stay awake longer and over exerting ourselves whether physically or mentally. To better accomplish our goals when given a situation like that it is best to start by taking a few deep breaths. This grounds us and allows our thoughts to slow down. After doing so it becomes far easier to understand what we are needing, whether it be food, additional water or rest. Your body is constantly sending messages, even if it is that of satisfaction, so slow your thoughts, analyze what it is that you need, and then act on that. Do not ignore the fact that you are hungry or thirsty because that will lead to overconsumption later, as well as loss of performance in the now. By taking a moment to refuel with nutritious foods you will combat the sugar or salt cravings that come if you skip that meal. If you are running on empty while performing tasks, take a nap. Studies have shown that you are far more productive when given a nap as compared to pushing through fatigue. Obtaining your goals will become far easier and less stressful if you simply attune yourself to your needs and act on them in a smart and productive way.