Your Body and Mind Talk to You, but Do You Listen?

Slow down and hear internal pleas for help

A man listens to his body as it tells him he has a headache
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Your brain and body tell you when something’s wrong. But it’s easy to overlook their messages. We’re often too busy to note internal self-help pleas, and we brush them aside.

They are full-blown emergencies by the time we examine them. Sometimes, of course, we can disregard signals for years, and they are continual sources of discomfort. We get used to them, and their familiarity makes them seem less potent.

Imagine someone knocks at your door. You ignore them, so they pound louder to gain attention. At first, the noise is noticeable and creates an atmosphere of urgency. After a while, though, the thump, thump, thump becomes background sound.

The same goes when you turn a blind eye to internal messages. You accept them as part of your life, even when they’re unpleasant and they don’t feel so important.

At first, small complaints designed to prod us into positive action and make us look after ourselves are whispers in the dark. We gloss over them, fantasizing they are trivial. Until they shout, we don’t see their significance.

The discomfort in your spine turns into severe pain. The muzzy head you usually get at 11 am arrives at 9 am as a headache. The sore throat that arises when you do not speak up is ever-present.

We need to notice messages from our mind and body, so they don’t scream so loud that we wind up in a hospital or are forced to slow our pace.


Often, we experience ailments after numerous bouts of communication from the subconscious. They may show up as aches and pains, disturbed nights, and susceptibility to seasonal bugs.

Or, you could be snappy and prickly, disheartened, or feel tired all the time.

Rather than listen to the messages marked by declining physical or mental health, we fight on regardless and assume they will fade. But it’s their job to make sure we hear them.

When you are busy and stressed, something’s got to give. You may suffer from indicators of distress like a stiff neck, cranky knee, or tight muscles. These ailments will escalate if you don’t listen to them.

The next thing you know, you have adverse reactions to foods, breathing difficulties, or other related problems. Complications grow if you overlook them. So, listen to your mind and body.

Consider these pertinent questions:

Do you experience slight maladies?

Sometimes, we imagine aches and pains are unavoidable. We say they stem from aging or genetics when we could manage them better or stop them in their tracks.

When did they start?

It can help to recognize when a particular problem started because you may uncover its cause. Maybe, your insomnia or backache started when you began a new job, for instance. Note potential reasons for your symptoms, and a solution may arise.

Have they increased?

Slow down. Rest. Take time out for self-care. Recognize your body or mind wants you to change your lifestyle. Look at ways to solve issues at their root rather than smother your symptoms.

Increase mindfulness about internal pleas. Catch symptoms fast, and you can discover their cause before they grow. Let your system do its job and listen to what it says. It will help you stay well and happy.

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Bridget Webber is a writer and nature lover, often found in the woodland, meadow, and other wild places. She writes poetry and stories and pens psychology articles; her love of discovering what rests inside the thicket and the brain compels her to delve deep. She’s appeared in many leading publications and is the author of Nature Poems to Heal the Heart and Nurture the Soul.



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✨ Bridget Webber

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Writer, former counselor, author, and avid tea drinker learning how to live well.