Sunday, September 27, 2015

Being True to Me

Travel and change often distract me from hearing the still small voice inside me. Opting for what I feel obligated to do versus doing what I know is good for me is nice, but it's not always helpful.

More and more, I'm developing confidence in hearing that voice and really following it. . . niceties be damned (well, not really, but you know. . .).

Finding rhythm in sleep schedules, eating according to what my body needs, and discovering physical activity that is compatible with me - my personality, my physique, my energy reserves, and my schedule - all arise out of being in tune with myself. Sometimes, I ignore those message in favor of going along with the group, not wanting to cause any waves. But just as a child's attempt to get someone's attention may begin subtly and then escalate when ignored, my body won't put up with neglect for very long before a full-blown fit is underway in the form of illness, injury, or burnout.

I encourage my yoga students to pay attention to their bodies during class - not what their body looks like in the mirror or what their body feels like from the outside (hot, cold, etc.), but from the inside. Knowing what is going on within our own bodies is key to knowing what to do for our bodies. The second - yet equally important - component is actually following through on the information it's giving us, whether it's for more rest, a different type of food, or varying our exercise regimes regardless of what we think (or what we think society thinks) we should be doing.

Ultimately, you are the only one responsible for taking care of you. Pay attention to the signals your body is sending you. Trust your gut. Obey it. To thine own self be true.

Elly Haddad is a healthy life-style coordinator, combining her certifications as an Integrative Nutrition Coach and yoga instructor. She's the owner of Elemental Fit and founder of The NashWell Group, both based in Nashville, TN. She helps individuals and groups understand the important influence that diet & lifestyle have on health, happiness, and overall wellbeing. Elly is also a freelance writer and public speaker, conducting workshops and seminars throughout the midwest and southeastern US. She can be contacted directly via email here

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