Do you ever feel a bit lost?
When we’re dealing with gut issues, it can almost feel like we lose our identity. We become so limited in what we can eat and do because often our gut problems prevent us from being able to work to our full capacity, travel, see friends or even leave the house. We seem to react to so many foods and we are so exhausted, self-conscious and just over it!
We can become like a shell in a sense that we feel isolated, moody and unlike ourselves in our thoughts and language patterns. It impacts our relationships with others, and with ourselves.
When I’m feeling lost, it’s often because I feel like there is a piece of me that is missing.
It’s like there’s a spark that’s gone out, a part of you that wants to express itself but can’t. The part of you that wants to express love, joy and compassion but feels buried under all the pain, exhaustion and irritability.
It’s quite difficult to get out of this space, because how do you feel better when your body feels broken? So, we naturally try to find the answer by asking ourselves questions like:
What should I do?
Should I try this new diet / these supplements / this latest craze everyone is raving about?
Why am I like this?
It’s like there’s something that’s missing, something right in front of you that you can’t quite see, something you need to do which is the answer to everything. This feels a bit like needing glasses. You can see, but not clearly. You need a lens to unblur the lines so that you can see the way forward.
If you’re feeling lost, the most important thing is to get out of your own head, because you will inevitably go around and around in circles wondering what the answer is. The brain will try to give you an answer, but if it doesn’t know what to do, it will do nothing.
The most effective way to do this is to bring the attention back into the body. The brain is always rushing at a million miles an hour, but the body is always present. Bodywork calms the nervous system and quietens the brain. Ironically, it’s usually as soon as we stop thinking that we suddenly get the insight and know exactly what we need to do.
Bodywork doesn’t have to be time-consuming. It can simply be closing your eyes and taking 10 deep belly breaths with the exhales longer than the inhale. Personally, I practice qi gong from YoQi on YouTube, meditate using Insight Timer and do yoga from Yoga with Adriene or Yoga with Kassandra on YouTube. You don’t need to go on weekend long retreats to reap the benefits!
Also, what can you do that will make you feel more you? Can you put on a song that you like and dance around the kitchen? Can you catch up with a friend, start reading a new book, start the day with a fresh morning ritual?
These are the things that bring us back into the present, create that calm and inner peace and allow us to be the bright, energetic and cheerful people that we truly are underneath it all.