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Listening to Your Body is Important, and Here's Why

Posted by Paisley Hansen on Sep 4, 2020 9:16:00 AM

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Are you someone who finds yourself operating on autopilot most days? If you are, join the club. Life is busy and stressful with schedules and routines as its dictators. Throughout the course of each day, you rely on both to get you to the finish line. At the same time, you've got to remember that you are only human after all, and your needs can't (and won't) always conform to what you're doing or what you need to do.

This is why listening to your body should be a given. Not only can it be a lifesaver, it can mean a better sense of well-being for you. Keep reading for why it's so essential to be in tune with your body.

Because Your Health Matters

Everyone is used to typical aches and pains, and most people aren't strangers to the suffocating feelings that stress brings on. While these are all common, so is aiming for a quick fix to just move on and get back to your schedule or routine. That's not listening to your body; that's silencing a symptom just for the time being. There's a better way to manage your health.

Man shopping for healthy foods.Try focusing on how your symptoms are actually making you feel and how your body is reacting to them. Take note of how your everyday life is affected and what the triggers might be. A common ailment for so many is digestive upset, or "Leaky gut". Spending the time figuring out how to target this and make it better from the inside out will go a lot farther than just popping an antacid and calling it good. Gundry Total Restore review is a good place to research possible compatibility, its different ingredients and different feedback from past or current users.

Stress is also a huge contributor to ailments and illnesses due to a decreased immune system. Recognizing the effects of stress on your body is vital to keep yourself in check. Instead of a huge glass of wine at the end of a long day, try a short yoga session in a quiet place. Instead of downing a cup of coffee to get through the dreaded afternoon slump at work, get outside. Fill your lungs with fresh air and stretch your legs. While some stress is more serious requiring more in depth work, a lot of it can be managed fairly easily — as long as you're able to recognize when you need to take a pause.

Because Not All Influence is Good

It's something you've probably been hearing ever since you were a child. "Please set a good example for your little sister", "Not today, I don't think Jack is a good influence", or "I think joining the soccer team would be great for you." As an adult, you're still influenced in positive and negative ways and will continue to be for years to come. You're influenced through commercials, the news, social media, your next door neighbor, your family and friends.

The question is, how do you decide which way to go? Keep in mind that your mind and body are connected; so how well your mind functions depends on how well your body functions (and vice versa). Being in tune to your mind and body will help you make better decisions overall and become more resilient because of it. Paying attention to the physical and mental queues that your body gives you will serve you well.

When it comes to listening to your body, there's no right or wrong way to go about it. It's complex and it's something that is ever-changing. The most important thing you can do is to slow it down a bit. Pay attention. Be confident in your decisions and trust that you know yourself best. By doing this on a regular basis, you'll become more proactive and in tune to your needs.

Alaska Sleep Clinic continues to assist our communities in maintaining safety standards while receiving the services (Sleep study) that they need through several avenues like:

  • Telemedicine: Alaska Sleep Clinic is a group of four American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep clinics and now, Alaska Sleep Clinic is the ONLY sleep clinic in Alaska using SleepTM, the latest in sleep telemedicine technology.

    AASM SleepTM is a sleek telemedicine system from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. HIPAA-compliant and secure, SleepTM is a state-of-the-art telemedicine system for sleep medicine professionals and accredited sleep centers like Alaska Sleep ClinicAASM SleepTM is a secure, easy-to-use telemedicine platform that allows our patients to receive specialized medicine from a distance, saving time and travel costs, while practicing "social distancing" without sacrificing quality.

    AASM SleepTM is available for patients to download on both the iPhone and the Android. We mean it when we say that connecting with your patients has never been easier. 

  • Ordering CPAP supplies online and ASC shipping the supplies directly to you.
  • Appropriate appointment scheduling to assist with social distancing.
  • Clean patient environment and PRIVATE rooms for sleep study.

Alaska Sleep Clinic is the most comprehensive multi-site sleep lab in Alaska with clinics in Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks, and Soldotna. Call us today with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Our employees are available to you Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and after-hours and on weekends by appointment only.

Topics: health, staying healthy, immune system

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