Monday Sep 11, 2023

22: Self-Care with Interoception - and 3 Healthy Ways to Get More of It

Today we’re talking about “interoception” - a sixth sense of generally knowing what is happening across our entire bodies. Interoception is the perception of the whole state of the body. Many times we lose sensitivity to or interpretation of this sense and its signals, and it causes a disconnection - that could contribute to anxiety, depression, even things like PTSD or eating disorders. 

Mild disconnection to our interoception may lie a lot under the guise of productivity and efficiency - at home, on errands, in work, in education systems, in economic challenges, politics and social discourse about challenging issues, etc. We miss our body’s signals - feeling stressed or at ease. Feeling hungry or full. Whether we’re running on a full tank or on fumes. Whether we’re breathing shallow or deep. Whether we feel unsafe or safe (and whether we feel “allowed" to feel unsafe). The world around us is constantly asking us to separate our thoughts from our bodies, to disregard our gut feelings, our basic needs, and our 6th sense that something is off.

Interoception makes us more aware of our emotional and physical needs so that we can satisfy these needs in healthy ways.

Today, I want to give you permission to ground yourself and grow your interoception - your very real sixth sense - so that you can begin to have a real understanding of where whole health begins.

Let’s move,
Lu

 

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

Your Brain is Always Listening, Dr. Daniel Amen

 

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