I started my second semester at Parsons last week and guess what guys? All of my classes require me to write some journal entries. The first one I did is for a class called Private Parts: Body in Society. I decided to write about listening to your body, since it’s something I don’t usually do. Let me know what you think about it.
Listening to your Body
Too often, we tend to push our limits and our bodies until we reach a point where it is too much. How many times did you push yourself to work out when you were feeling tired? When did you find yourself in a situation where you felt your body fighting an upcoming flu but still decided to go out with your friends on a chilly winter day?
Today, especially in New York City, where the world is moving fast, specifically the people of Manhattan, we are absorbed by an energy that keeps us on “the go” until we can’t do it anymore. This is how I feel now but let me take you some months back.
When I lived in Tel Aviv, where the sun shines every minute of the day, I felt the skin of my body glow all year long. This was my type of self-care. I didn’t need to get a massage, to work out as often as I do now, or to treat myself with a scrub once a week. Having a daily dose of Vitamin D kept my body moving and my mind fueling. If you think of rechargeable batteries being recharged, this is exactly what it felt like. On the weekends, I went to the beach and soaked up some sun, and I was fully recharged for the rest of the week. Being able to walk to the beach was also pretty amazing. Last week, I attended a lecture that spoke about the mind, soul, and body.
According to Researchers…
According to researchers and some studies, our mind and soul is at automatic positivity when our body touches or feels close to the earth. This is no surprise to how I felt when the sand touched my toes. Or when my fingers went into the warm Mediterranean ocean.
When I moved to New York City in August, everything changed. Even my body changed! First of all, I was walking everywhere. No more buses, trains, or cabs, walking is just part of what New York City is. At the end of the day, my legs were sore, my toes had blisters, and my arms were sweaty. I not only felt gross, but my entire body was physically hurting. I then realized that I needed to adapt to this new lifestyle that I would be in for two years. And by adapting, I mean finding means of self-care for my body.
As a 22-years old, I cannot complain much. I can walk perfectly, I can jump up and down when working out, lift weights, and have minor health problems. However, one should always adapt to a new city, no matter how you old are. And so here I was, making lists of things that would help: oil massages, scented scrubs, warm baths, tea, elevating my legs so the blood circulates better, wearing the proper attire depending what the weather is, yoga, meditation, and more. All of these self-care methods helped physically, but also taught me something: listening to your body.
According to Mind Body Green,
Listening to your body is about two things: One is feeling in your body, your core, your nature. The other is your surface psychology, imprinted on top of it all. Once again, the aspect of body and soul comes back. Additionally, just like the readings said, the mind cannot work without a body and the body cannot work without the mind. It is a team work. 7 months later, I can proudly say that my body has definitely adapted to the New York City lifestyle. I can walk kilo-meters without being tired or sore the next day.
I find myself breathing better but also power walking through the streets of Manhattan. It is both a feeling of happiness and gratitude I feel being able to explore this fabulous city. The one thing I have learned about moving countries is listening to my body.
If you don’t, you may or may not find yourself in an unpleasant situation which brings me back to a second story. Two weeks ago, while at Soul Cycle, a spinning workout, I felt the worst excoriating pain in the muscle of my right leg. I’ve forgotten to properly check the seat of my bike and I was sitting too low. I was pedalling too fast and when it started hurting, I told myself it would go away. Continued until the end of the class and then walked home. The pain continued throughout the day, but I still decided to walk around until night time. The next morning: impossible to move my leg from my bed. Why? I pushed myself too hard and didn’t listen to my body.
This is just one example of many others. Everybody’s bodies are different and experiences different things from morning to night but taking care of your body which brings you to wake up every morning and makes you go to bed at night is the most important. Sometimes, taking a step back is much needed and could be the most rewarding thing for your body.