Sometimes I struggle to find my inner voice. It’s something we all go through.
photo credits: Keith Rowley
Yesterday, my outer voice took a temporary leave of absence.
We had been pushing ourselves a lot — not sleeping enough and traveling around the country for family get togethers, all while continuing with a regular workload. All of a sudden, I had no voice, which is a bit inconvenient when a lot of what I do depends on talking!
I had to reschedule a class; I had to cancel appointments. What a bummer.
The funny thing was that I was feeling fantastic! It felt so strange to cancel things when I felt terrific. Yet everytime I spoke to (read: emailed) my ladies, they all said a variation of the same thing: “You poor thing! Feel better!”
And all I wanted to do was shout out to them and say, “I’m fine, I’m okay! I just lost my voice! I’m feeling great!” (Really I just thanked them, because it WAS very thoughtful of them.)
Well, what do you know. Over the course of the day, I found myself getting more and more tired the more I exerted myself. The more I did the simple act of speaking, the more worn out I felt.
It’s really amazing. Our bodies have a way of telling us that we’re overdoing it. That we need to take better care of ourselves.
Our job is to listen.
Maybe there’s something that you’re doing that you once thought was good for you and deep down you know you could do better.
Maybe you’re walking around with stomach aches, head aches, you’re tired, and you convince yourself that you’re okay, that life’s busy and there’s nothing you can do to change things. That you could just keep pushing through.
Maybe your body is telling you that you’re not letting it have its voice. Maybe your body is trying to tell you that you shouldn’t just push through. That you should take the time to do something for yourself to improve the way you feel.
I’m going to try not to speak much until tomorrow morning and keep drinking hot tea with lemon.
What is your body trying to tell you? What steps can you take to do something about it?