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I am Louise O'Driscoll, founder of Natural Balance. I am a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, helping people find their way to a healthy and happy relationship with food and body.

Take time to smell the roses...

By louiseodriscoll, Jul 8 2014 09:02PM

Our lives today are typically hectic, especially so when we are parents. Routine and the endless To Do list take over and we dash from one chore to another, stress levels rising through the roof. Add in a tendency to use food as a comfort and distraction from it all - or indeed as something to be rushed or skipped and it often leads to a sense of dissatisfaction with our bodies and with life in general.

Taking time each day to try and identify the little things that bring us pleasure can make a huge difference though. It might resonate with some of you when I talk about people 'living in their heads' rather than also in their bodies - we so often disconnect from our physical side, particularly if we are keen to lose weight. But then we are only half living and any changes we wish to make to our bodies are immediately made more difficult.

One way to get back into our bodies is to bring more attention to physical pleasure every day. Here is my challenge for you all who feel a little disconnected from your bodies and maybe would like to change them somehow. For a week, keep a diary and note down all the pleasurable physical sensations you experience each day. Perhaps starting with how smooth your sheets feel when you wake in bed, or how good your shower feels, a cuddle with your kids, a kiss (or more!) from your partner, the sun on your face, the silky sweet sensation of a piece of chocolate melting in your mouth or the cosiness of a soft sweater. Just bringing your awareness to this part of our being, which can so easily be overlooked and forgotten in the day to day chaos, can improve our sense of wellbeing and set us on the road to making positive changes if they are needed.

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