Posts tagged listening
Not-So-Stupid Questions: How To Feel In Your Body

Questions to consider:

Do you feel your body?

Do you feel in your body?

What is your body feeling?

What are the sensations in your body?


I have a hard time feeling present in my body.

I had divorced my body in preference of the defenses that my brain offered.

I divorced my body because of shame.

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Seven Steps To Advocate For Your Health

Ever feel like an aggressive driver? Chalk it up to years living in Los Angeles. In LA, if you don’t drive fast enough, if you don’t run the yellow, and if you don’t get out of the way you WILL get the bird from other drivers. Or dangerously cut off. So I prefer to think of myself as an assertive driver. 

I also like to think of myself as an assertive person - especially when it comes to health. After years as a nurse and a patient, I’ve seen both sides of the curtain. As a nurse, I really need my clients' honesty so I can see the full picture. And as a patient, I really need my healthcare providers to answer my questions so I can make the best decisions for my health. This is where partnership comes in. 

In my moments of weakness, I tell myself: To learn the answer you have to ask. To ask you have to speak. To speak to someone you got to get the damn doctor on the phone.

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How I Survived

I decided to listen to my body and I decided to trust what it was telling me.

You know, our bodies speak, and not only from our mouths. Our bodies talk in our sleep, in our aches and pains, in our mood.

I listened when my hands hurt at work and I couldn’t open medicine bottles for patients. I listened when halfway into a twelve-hour shift, my ankles ached and I couldn’t help but limp. I listened when I woke up in the middle of the night, both feet throbbing until I soaked them in the tub. I listened when after a glass of wine, everything got worse: fatigue, pain, anxiety. My body was responding differently to the same stimuli. With my progressing symptoms, it wasn’t hard to listen.

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What I Didn't Know Was Hurting Me

Nursing school taught me how to take care of very sick people - urgent health problems requiring urgent responses.

What nursing school did not teach me was how to take care of myself. Sure, there were a few lectures about personal health and wellness. But honestly? I was working twelve hour shifts in the ICU, writing research papers, and cramming for exams.

So I tumbled out of nursing school smarter but a whole lot less balanced than when I entered it. About two years into my first nursing job I began to show it.

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