There's no shortage of "experts" providing advice on how to achieve optimal health, and we naturally turn to these sources for guidance. But what about your own intuition and self-knowledge about your body? Do you view yourself as the ultimate expert on your body and your personal wellness?
Perhaps you're still trying to figure out what omega-3s, antioxidants, and free radicals are all about. Maybe you're unsure about the exact steps you need to take to achieve and maintain the best health possible. However, even though you might not be an expert on all things health-related, this important fact remains: you have an intimate awareness of your body that no-one else has.
You know how you're feeling at any given time.
There's plenty that you — and only you — know, when it comes to your body and your well-being. For instance, you know how you're feeling at any given time, on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. It may be that your body and your life look great to everyone else, yet you don't feel so great on the inside. Even though everything looks great on the outside, you can sense internally that something is "off" or out of balance.
Physically, you might find that even though you're following a "healthy" diet, your energy is lagging and you don't feel like you're functioning at your very best. It could be that as you're getting older, what worked for you before is no longer effective, and you're noticing weight gain or other changes in your body. Maybe your physical health is fine, but you feel dissatisfied with other areas of your life, e.g.: emotionally drained, intellectually unfulfilled, etc. Maybe you've noticed that when you're not at your best inwardly, it affects you physically in the form of muscle tension, headaches, skin issues, and other symptoms.
You are the authority on your body and your wellness.
As you pursue greater wellness in your life, input and guidance from different sources can be an invaluable aid. But whether you're reading something online, checking out books, listening to what the "experts" are saying, or working one-on-one with a health practitioner, always remember this: you are the authority on your body and your wellness. Even as you consider and possibly integrate information from other people and sources, be confident in claiming that authority.
That means you:
Of course, there are many health experts that are extremely trustworthy and deserving of respect. There are many times when the health information you get may indeed be highly beneficial and a great fit for you. And even when you feel a little skeptical about a particular recommendation or regimen, this doesn't necessarily mean that it's harmful or not right for you. Sometimes, the only way to know whether or not something is going to work for you is to put it into practice (and keep in mind that results won't necessarily materialize overnight; you may need to stick with it for the long term to reap the benefits.)
Other times, the hesitation you're feeling might have less to do with the quality or validity of the information being presented to you, and more to do with being nervous about taking action. The reality is that change takes effort, and it can be challenging to break old habits while cultivating new ones.
Know yourself and trust yourself.
Ultimately, you need to know yourself and trust yourself. Even as you strive to improve different aspects of your health and your life, it's important to respect and honour yourself. The more you view yourself as the authority of your body, the more tuned in you'll become to what you're experiencing, what you need, what works for you, and what doesn't. With that knowledge, you'll be better equipped to judge what is/isn't a good fit for you as you work towards achieving greater wellness in your life.
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