Listen to your body
Monday, January 13, 2020
I'm relearning about listening to my body. It's not that I forgot, it's just I'm so used to doing multiple things that I don't pay attention to what my body is saying until I get hit with severe pain, be it body pain or a migraine.
I know better. Last week I hit my head hard. I instantly realized I had a concussion. I've had at least 5 over the years that I can remember. Thanks to the worst concussion that left me unconscious and with a tennis ball knot on the back of my head, I have zero memories that aren't new. My short term memory is toast but slowly improving. This accident happened in October 2006. I also lost the ability to spell words. I can read them fine but still have trouble spelling. I play alot of trivia and word games to help me.
Every concussion I get does a number of my spelling and memory. I know what concussions do to me. I know I'm supposed to rest but I have trouble doing that. Yesterday's terrible migraine reminded me in the most painful way. Today was better because I listened to my body. I rested as much as I could. Avoided too much TV and noise. I still have a slight headache but it is tolerable.
I have at other times pushed my body beyond its endurance and paid dearly. Just because it feels good at the time doesn't mean I won't pay for it with days of pain. Moderation is the order of the day. Some days I have to dial back much more than other days. I have to pay attention to what my body is saying.
When I injury my shoulder or back, it's the same thing. I push myself and end up injuring myself worse. That only delays my recovery and how long I'll be sidelined.
Take care of yourself. If you're not at 100% be sure to listen to your body. It will tell you when you're exceeding your current reserves and capacity.
Take care of your body and it will take care of you.