The biggest revelation I had last year was very simple: the body does notlie. I managed to burn myself out from overwork and stress, from juggling my business while doing a four-year medical program.
I was having heart palpitations daily, my stomach got messed up (and it took over a year to go back to normal), I had severe insomnia, and a constant feeling of stuffiness in my chest for months.
I still have these dull headaches that haven’t fully resolved.
It was pretty scary. But you know what’s funny? If you were to ask me if I felt stressed, I would say no. I legitimately didn’t feel very stressed – maybe I felt like I was at at 7/10.
At least that’s what the story was that I was telling myself.
And I believed it, hook, line and sinker. Unfortunately, my body disagreed.
My body was giving me the “Dude, calm yourself down and just stop doing that,” signs.
But, being a human is tricky…We have a mind and a body, they’re actually the mind-body, but sometimes the way we live, it’s actually mind and body. I was choosing to listen to the mind over the body.
As a result, I suffered.
It took over a year to realize that the the body does not lie – the mind will lie all day long.
It will create stories and narratives. Whatever it takes to avoid cognitive dissonance. It will fabricate a story to make life “make sense” eternally. Whether that’s why we didn’t get the job, why we gained forty pounds, or why we got divorced.
The mind can always create a story to make reality less painful.
But… if the mind says “I’m fine.” And the body says, “dude stop doing that!” Always listen to the body.