Survive and thrive in the urban jungle by learning to trust the wisdom of your body

[vc_row][vc_column width= »1/1″][vc_column_text]You know what I mean by the urban jungle: the day-to-day reality of a busy life, a never ending ‘to-do’ list filling up with urgent and vital tasks, high expectations, performance goals, the desire to achieve the best you can in an environment that sets the bar high.

As you navigate your way through today’s urban jungle you are probably used to doing things fast. Finishing a job to your and your customers’ highest standards feels good. You feel delighted when your clients, colleagues and bosses are pleased with your performance.

You thirst for more and more information, and that constant checking of your I-pad and I-phone gives you a buzz.

We often expect a lot from ourselves and from our bodies. We forget that the rhythm of our modern society is much more frenetic now than some decades ago. And we forget that our bodies might not be designed, or at least haven’t had the time, to adapt to this faster pace and higher expectations.

In order to survive the urban jungle, we have gotten used to setting our own needs and longings aside. The need for sleep and rest, the longing for stillness and for peace of mind, the longing for healthy food and the time to enjoy it, the longing for health and the need to look after our bodies, the longing to be close with our loved ones, the deep longing to live who we really are.

In a busy life, we might not always find a healthy balance between our own needs and a desire to fulfil the requirements of the urban jungle.

But here’s the good news. Luckily, your body is wise!

Your body knows the difference between healthy stress that stimulates you and unhealthy stress that strains your health. It knows when it needs rest and stillness, when it needs healthy food, and when it needs to be close to another body. Your body has an inner wisdom and it knows if the price you are paying to survive is too high.

Here are some body stress complaints to look out for:

  • headaches
  • pressure around your heart
  • lower back pains
  • digestive troubles
  • difficulties concentrating
  • mood swings
  • problems in regulating your body temperature


As appealing as it might seem, you don’t have to go and live on a mountain in Tibet. The idea is to keep fully living your life, AND build in some moments to focus on your health and your body.

It is possible to simply learn to ‘catch your breath’ and use the signals from your body in making decisions about your life. Through learning to recognize our body signals, we can recognise when we are out of balance, and design our lifestyles to be more in tune with the way life was meant to be: healthy, balanced and resourced.

Reflecting on our relationship with our body and improving this relationship, we make conscious heart-felt choices about the life we want, and include our body’s wisdom in this decision making process.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width= »1/1″][dt_gap height= »10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width= »1/1″][dt_quote type= »blockquote » font_size= »normal » background= »plain » animation= »none »]Linda Hoeben is an intercultural coach and therapist who has been working with the Brussels’ expat community since 2001. Since that time she has offered coaching and psychotherapy and relocation support to companies and individuals. Linda runs workshops drawing from Transactional Analysis theoretical communication models and the work of Peter Levin and Babette Rotschild which work with simple, quiet reflection exercises to focus on the experiences in your body. Her Garden for People on the Move also offers sessions focussed on meaningful networking, building intercultural communication skills and stress management training. [/dt_quote][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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