I wrote a post last year about being kinder to my body which you might want to read before this one, but in today’s post I really wanted to chat about particularly listening to my body.

I am a big believer in our bodies sending us signals of what we are needing. Over the past years I’ve always, always fought against it. Even when I felt poorly, I would still go and workout just because I didn’t want to put on weight. I would under-eat. I would over-eat to get some kind of comfort.

This was so so silly of me, and I could of really been harming my body. I’m glad I can look back on this and finally be out of that negative cycle, but as with everything I have my ups and downs and emotions come and go.

It is still very hard for me to listen to my body at times, and I do sometimes feel guilty when I slow down, even though I know its needed for my physical and mental health, but I’m sure I’m not alone here. I know my yoga practice won’t disappear if I don’t do it for a couple of days. I know my body needs sugar sometimes. I just need to keep working on it, at the end of the day I’m doing it for myself, no-one can do it for me. It’s all a process.

Sometimes we just need to give our bodies a break.

It feels kind of strange to be writing this because I usually talk about things when I am ‘out’ of that situation, and when I can offer my advice after my experience. But for this post I just wanted to acknowledge something I’m working on, incase you wanted to join me and we can do it together.


Things I’m trying to help me with this:

  • Noticing how I wake up on a morning and assess how my body feels. Tired? Sluggish? Energetic?
  • Being more mindful in my everyday life
  • Taking a slower yoga practice
  • Noticing when I’m full, or if I’m hungry or just emotional
  • Distracting myself when I’m craving a lot of chocolate- but also, letting myself have some too
  • Accepting we all need rest days
  • Being kinder to myself and using positive affirmations, I’m more than just a body


Do you struggle listening to your body? Do you have any tips for me?

  • I struggle so much with listening to my body – particularly when it comes to exhaustion. I just push myself too far and then have a bit of a mental breakdown and am forced to slow down. Hopefully I can find the perfect balance in the new year – and I hope you are able to listen to your body a bit better too!

    Sharni xo

    • I really hate that feeling when you know you should take a break but you never do! I hope you had a lovely new year and happy 2018! xx

  • YES. This is so so so important. I need to get better at this, too. Many times I am in need of a mental health day but ignore it because my to-do list is a million miles long. That shouldn’t matter though! Great reminder, Natalie.


    • Mental health days are so important aren’t they? xx

  • Lovely read! I can definitely join the club and practise these wise tips too. Much needed! All my best wishes to you. Xx ps. I loved your what I got for xmas video. Funnily enough I have ‘Start where you are’ too! Xxx isn’t it lovely! Xx

    Keep Calm and start writing –

  • I’ve been so much happier since I started listening to my body more. I used to think oh you’re just feeling tired but not acknowledging that I maybe needed an early night. Now I’ve realised that if you do what your body says you’re much happier in the long run!


    • That’s so true. I need to practice what I preach!

  • I think I’m receptive to listening to my body, but some days I can’t afford to make it better…? Especially three months this year I was working very long days at work and barely had time to rest / take breaks and it was really killing me. I guess that’s why I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to find a new job, hahahha!

    Cherie ✿

    • Oh I hope you find what you need soon lovely. Exhausation is not fun for anyone!

  • Agnese Hadebe

    I’m the opposite. I’ve always felt like I’m listening to my body, so I used to have way too much rest which made me super lazy. Sometimes laziness, sluggishness is a mindset rather than how the body feels. Our bodies are made to go through tough situations, so in reality unless your body is in pain there’s no excuse to be lazy and that’s something I want to rid myself of in 2018 and actually get things done.

    Lots of love,
    Agnese |

    • Sending you productive vibes! Thanks for reading x

  • Amy Eade

    I think I’m quite good at listening to my body, but I’m also quite good at ignoring it! I always keep going so should definitely rest more often!
    Amy xx

    • We all need more mental health days in 2018 I think xx

  • Courtney Hardy

    It’s good that you’re listening to my body. I try to listen to my body too, and do what it wants me to do.

  • Rest days are so important, although sometimes I can find myself overdoing it and taking rest-weeks! In the summer of 2017, I used to workout until the point of exhaustion almost everyday, and even though I noticed a positive result in my body, I barely ate so I was sore and tired quite often. Now, I feel like I overeat & don’t push myself enough, so my aim is to find a healthy balance for myself this new year!

    Kyia Belle //