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check-in for the new year

Have you ever felt a little pull in your belly trying to tell you something?  We all have it, but we don’t always listen to that inner voice that gives a big warning sign that there is something we need to be paying attention to.

Tapping into that voice is called a check-in.

But before I explain what harm not listening does to our bodies, minds and spirits,  I have to tell you something amazing that happened yesterday because I’m over the moon excited. It’s a little digression but welcome to the inner workings of my brain.


Crazy right?  It’s a voting thing so if you have a sec, I would love it if you clicked this link:, type in Lisa Douthit Wellness Warrior in the Contestants bar, and vote using a FaceBook and/or Twitter log in.  Don’t worry, nothing shows up on your feeds.  Wouldn’t it be great to spread the word that to those who need to hear it that you can be well without perfect health?

Thanks in advance but let’s get back to the 27 second check-in because it’s really important.

With all the that goes on this time of year, we can get so caught up in our to-do list that we forget about the person doing it (us). I forgot and ended up crashed on the couch with an autoimmune flare up.

I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me until I started reviewing my week. 

  1. Presents bought AND wrapped for multiple family and friends. Check
  2. Family and friends over at all day, every day all week.  Check
  3. Paid bills and handled all year end financial obligations for all of the above (yikes). Check
  4. I could go on for hours but you might end up on the couch too.

Clearly, I skipped the check-in as to why I was so tired until with was a little late.  If I had do it earlier, I probably would have been able to make some adjustments to better manage my energy.  

It’s really easy to forget that we are human and only have so much output available to us.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.  Without any awareness of what we are doing to our bodies, that may be the case sooner than later.  Think about it.  Have you ever worked overtime on something (like school finals, a project deadline or getting all the holiday festivities in place on time) only to get sick and not be able participate in any of it?

That’s your body telling you to slow the hell down, it’s had enough.

If we were to take a few seconds and check in with ourselves before we get to that point, we could take some precautions, get a little more rest, eat better or let go of life’s non-essentials. In honoring our bodies, we are more aware of what’s happening in the rest of our lives.  And the more aware we are, the better we can handle whatever comes our way.

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My goal this coming year is to check in more and worry less to become a better version of myself.  I encourage you to do the same.  It only takes a couple of seconds and your body will thank you.

About the Author Douthit is the author of Amazon’s #1 bestselling book, Wellness Warrior – Fighting for Life in Fabulous Shoes and an Integrative Health Consultant who is passionate about healing from all perspectives.  After struggling with multiple bouts of cancer and autoimmune disease, no one understands the physical, spiritual, and emotional rollercoaster better than she does. As one of the 40 million American women currently suffering with an autoimmune, she has made it her mission to have a voice for all those with an invisible illness, as well as share the understanding of lessons she learned to help us all feel and be better. She has a private Facebook Group called Wellness Warrior Tribe for all those with chronic illness looking for support and encouragement.  For more out of the box thinking that is guaranteed to bring you joy, Like her FaceBook Page Here or join the tribe Here.

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  • Monica Bruno

    Great post, Lisa! It is so important to stop and check-in with ourselves from time to time. I voted for you for the Best Health Blog, good luck and Happy New Year!

  • christina

    Congratulations and good luck!

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