The Joy of … Stress?

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The last month has been an interesting one.

Between a pinched nerve in my back, tendinitis flaring up in my shoulder, and a teething baby who’s been waking up multiple times a night AND super early (3:20AM, I hate you), it’s been … less than fun.

Of course, my body has been reflecting all of that stress with a less than pleasant reaction: a rotten stomach. I’ve been insanely bloated, nauseas, gassy, running to the bathroom with a toddler in arms, and irritable like you wouldn’t believe.

A trip to the Naturopath revealed some lovely new food sensitivites: gluten, eggs, dairy, refined sugar, and white potatoes.


It always catches me by surprise the impact that stress has on our bodies. Which is ironic, considering I talk with people every week about it. But this was different. It was my body. And I wasn’t feeling particularly stressed that day. Yet looking back, it’s a wonder it didn’t show up sooner. 

The good news is, I’m listening.

I’m slowing down; making time for myself a priority, getting back into meditation, and reading again. That, along with avoiding the foods, has made a world of difference. Things are slowly but surely heading back towards balance.

What’s your body been trying to tell you?

Has your body been throwing signs your way for a while, but you’ve been ignoring them or trying to pretend like it’s not a big deal?

It’s time to slow down and take better care of yourself.

You’ve only got one body. Honor it and it will help you do all of the things you want to do in this lifetime.

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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

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