The term “active listening” has become quite popular in the world of business. It challenges team members, managers, and owners when entering into a conversation, to listen to the other person in a way that they are then able to reflect back to the employee the essence of their words and emotions. When engaging in active listening, the participant is laser focused on what is being said, the body gestures and the energy surrounding the conversation. What we want to know is whether or not you are actively listening to your body? Do you take the time to focus in on what your body is saying, the language of your posture and the energy that you are giving off?
Your body talks to you in a variety of ways, but unfortunately it becomes practice to ignore the signs that are being presented so as to continue on with whatever task or life moment that is happening. Sometimes we are scared to listen to our bodies. They might be telling us that we need to go slower, or change in some way. They might be telling us to stop something all together and we might just not want to do that. A person should not be scared though to listen to their bodies. By hearing the signals you are then able to make an informed choice about what to do next. It gives you the power to make the call that is right for you.
The body can talk in a variety of ways, but here are just a few to get you started on your active listening journey.
1. Skin feels dry and tight = your body could be saying that you are dehydrated and need to drink some more water.
2. Your calf cramps at night = you are in need of potassium. Eating a banana could help.
3. You have a sharp pain in your low back = you might be suffering from a pulled muscle or strain due to a recent or continuous activity. Assess what you have been doing lately and then get checked out by a doctor.
4. You get a stomach ache before you go to work = maybe your job is causing undo stress.
5. A headache comes on when you are outside = are you wearing sunglasses? Perhaps you are squinting and causing your head to hurt.
Whatever your body is saying it is important to actively listen to it and not ignore it. By listening you will become more engaged and aware of yourself and in turn you will live a happier and healthier life.