Fatigue & Stress Clinic - Body Intelligence Test
Check out and increase your BQ (Body Intelligence)
This series of questions can be found in Steve Sisgold's book 'What is you body telling you?' *
The aim of the questionnaire is an invitation to find out how connected you are with your body. It is important not to judge yourself in any way, rather to approach it with openness and curiosity.
Once you have read through all the questions, ask yourself honestly:
- "What have I learnt about my relationship with my body?"
- "Do I feel I have a high, medium or low BQ?"
You will probably find that a key 'side-benefit' (there are no 'side-effects!) of Mickel Therapy is that your BQ will increase!
How connected are you with your Body?
- How often do you notice the quality of your breathing? Right now, are you aware if it’s shallow, deep, relaxed, short or choppy?
- How often do you consciously pause from what you are doing to take a few deep, full, relaxing breaths?
- How often do you scan your body to connect with how you are really feeling? For example do you check to see if your belly is relaxed or if your shoulders are crunched, or to see if your jaw and hands are relaxed, etc?
How alert are you to the signals coming from your Body?
- When you feel an uncomfortable sensation, pain or emotion in your body is your tendency to tune into it for a length of time and listen to what it may be telling you or do you ignore or try to get rid of the feeling immediately?
- When you make decisions, whether they are small or large, do you take a moment to consult with how your body feels before you decide, or do you just use your mind? For instance, do you check in with your gut or heart or a “feeling” or mostly just use your brain?
- On a scale of one to ten, how comfortable do you generally feel in your own skin? How consciously connected are you to your body, its signals, posture, habits and messages that it broadcasts?
How aware are you of the dialogue you have going on with your Body?
- Would you say you have a body friendly vocabulary or do you say things like, "I could just kick myself for doing that," or, "That guy gives me a head ache," or, "This job makes me sick and is a big pain in the neck?” Or, do you ever say harsher things like, "I hate my body?" If you do say them, are you aware of when you say them or is it mostly an unconscious habit? Do you say things like that often or once in a while?
- If you do speak harshely to or about your body, are you aware when you say such things, or is it mostly an unconscious habit? Do you say things of that nature often? Once in a while?
- Are you aware of how congruent your words and body language are? Do you notice when your mouth is saying one thing and your body is communicating something completely different? Do you actually stop to notice how you’re feeling when you’re telling others how you’re doing? How often do you catch it or do you not even notice how you are? Do you act “fine” or even cheerful when you feel your stomach is nervous, your chest is tight, or your jaw is clenched?
For more information on Steve's book and philosophy go to: www.whatsyourbodytellingyou.com
* Reprinted with permission from Steve Sisgold
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