If I don’t know about a problem, how can I fix it? Well, I can’t. Neither can you. We can’t do anything about things we don’t know about. Simple enough right?
Well, we are all so busy with the tasks of life that we often don’t even realize when things are creeping up until all of a sudden we have put on 20 lbs, or are in the middle of a panic attack, or have hurt important relationships.Yes, you can get in the gym, de-stress later, and repair relationships. And sometimes, you can’t. Sometimes the damage is done. I’m talking all of us who have survived things like a heart attack, a breakup, the loss of a job. At one point we suddenly realized all the red flags we have ignored. All the caution tape we walked through.
This, my friends, is why awareness is the first step. You must be mindful of what you are feeding your body, and how you are moving it. You need to notice a difference in your mental, emotional, and physical wellness.
We are all busy and have all sorts of things competing for our attention. Set a reminder for yourself twice a day to check in with yourself.
- Bring your awareness to your body and do a quick scan.
- Your physical wellbeing: “How does my body feel right now? “Am I hungry or thirsty?”
- Your mental and emotional wellbeing: “Am I happy right now?” “Am I worrying about something needlessly?” “Do I need to reach out to anyone?” “Do I need help?”.
That’s all! You are simply gaining awareness 2 times a day and noting how you feel. Is that so hard? No, it isn’t, it is just the first step to change.