Refuel your body – Whakamarohi i tō tinana
Dr Annie Talbot
Listening to your body
When we’re feeling generally overwhelmed, and exhausted over all the changes and uncertainty, it can be hard to listen to our bodies – it can feel like there are too many messages, too little time. Sometimes we need to TIPP ourselves back into our bodies and out of those pesky thoughts that can make us feel stuck.
So, my advice is to try TIPP:
T- Temperature change – quickly change your temperature (cold cloth, warm bath, really cold drink, use a bowl of ice, cold shower if you are brave enough).
I – Intense exercise – just 30 seconds of high-intensity exercise, getting your heart rate up.
P – Pair with paced breathing – pair either the temperature change or the exercise with slowed, paced breathing. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4, hold for 4, then let it go through your mouth, breathing out for 4.
P – Perspective – check in by asking, “What does my body need right now?”
For me, this means, every morning I start with a warm shower but at the end I have a 30-second blast of cold shower, tipping myself out of my mind and back into my body with the cold water. I sing/I shout but I suddenly feel more present in my body. I then pair it with slowed, paced breathing, then I scan my body and just notice how it feels and ask it what it needs in that moment. Or when I feel overwhelmed or stressed, I find one minute to run up and down the back steps at my office or do sit-ups, then pair that with paced breathing, and again check in with my body, scanning it to see what it needs in that moment. It doesn’t change the world, but it can help you rediscover the wonder of your body and what it can do for you. Try it and see if you notice your body more. Sometimes, to find what we need in the moment, we just need a wee TIPP in the right direction.