If you’d asked me this a year ago, I wouldn’t have known how to respond, or even what “being in tune with my body” felt like. It wasn’t until my 31st birthday that everything changed. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present, but I wasn’t looking to travel or to buy new things. A friend of mind had just started working with a coach and was loving it so I figured, lightbulb moment, what better gift to give myself than coaching?
The coach I worked with was terrifically insightful and helped me to see that for years, I had tuned out from my body in order to achieve, accomplish, and succeed. If I was tired, I’d drink coffee rather than taking a break or getting more sleep. If I was hungry, I’d reach for quick, easy junk food rather than taking the time to get food that would would fuel me. If I noticed that I was tense and stiff and stressed, I’d ignore it and power through versus taking a break. For years, I tried to white knuckle my way to becoming my best self. I conditioned myself to tune out from my body in order to achieve and accomplish. It didn’t work. My coach helped me realize that an immensely powerful way to find balance and contentment was by turning off my mind and tuning back into my body.