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Learning to Listen

Most people would like to consider themselves ‘a good listener’ and by this, they would generally mean that they are good at listening to other people when they need someone to talk to. However, many people don’t realise that it’s just as important (if not more important) to be a good listener to yourself.

One of the greatest lessons that I learned after having cancer, was how important it is to listen to your body and your emotions – they are talking to you every day. When you are feeling poorly, run down, sad or stressed – there IS a reason for it, and if you give yourself space and time to listen, it will be much easier to get back on track. I have had a headache nearly every day for a week now….At first you just think you may be tired or dehydrated....but then it continued, and I knew it was really important to slow down a little and listen to what my body has to say. Taking time out to rest, journal, meditate or do some more yoga are always great ways to reset the body and mind, and to hear what might be needed.

I have two dogs and I always find it interesting to watch them if they are injured or ill – they go very quiet, retreat to their beds and sleep more until they are fully recovered. They respect their feelings, bodies and intuition far more then us humans!

After only a day of being more respectful to what my headaches were telling me, I am already feeling clearer and lighter, and I will look forward to another couple of days of taking life a little slower, and allowing my body to heal and repair.

It is a lovely thing to be able to be there for your friends or family if they need someone to listen to them….however, please extend this kindness to yourself and listen to whatever your body might be trying to tell you.

With love, Hannah x