Cultivating internal tuition is an important tool for anyone who wants to lead a healthy life.
Listening to your internal cues, like hunger, is part of the intuition puzzle. But we often don’t consider the influence of mood and mind state. If we can cater to these factors not only does our performance and longevity improve, but also our experience.
Following routines is part of life but it’s important to ditch your habits when your body’s telling you otherwise.
Many people underestimate their fatigue signals and the benefits of rest when it comes to staving away illness. Why do I feel so tired, it’s only 8 and I normally sleep at 10? Instead of listening, you push through to maintain the status quo, despite the craving for rest.
Failing to listen to your intuition will cause your performance to suffer and opens the door to sickness. Also, it impacts your ability to recognise future cues making it harder to comprehend what your body is trying to tell you.
Similarly, you need to learn to adapt what you’re doing, including your physical training, based on how you’re feeling emotionally.
There are a few ways you typically respond to your emotions. You…
- Ignore them
- Let them dictate your behaviour
- Use them to your advantage
You’re mostly guilty of the first two responses. However, with time and practise, you can harness your emotions. The first step: achieving awareness. If you can develop an innate awareness of your emotions you can control your reaction.
Pause, recognise then refocus – how can you use this emotive state to your advantage?