Synonymous since the 1970s with the Green Cross Code, the Stop Look Listen campaign has been looking after our road safety for decades.
And with the traffic and busyness of our streets we need these type of messages to be ingrained in our brains as – in amongst the noise and commotion – our senses are easily distracted from processing the dangers around us.
In a more figurative sense, the same is true in other areas of our lives. We’re not always good at taking caring of ourselves and – without red-ringed warning signs on every street corner – we can equally become distracted and overwhelmed by the noise and commotion of life and miss early warning signs when it comes to matters affecting our health and emotional wellbeing.
The phrase ‘listen to your body’ is something we’ve heard said a thousand times, but do we ever actually do it? If you listen, probably one of the things your body most often tries to tell you is that it’s tired.
If you feel weary by lunchtime, struggle with concentration or are heavily reliant on caffeine and sugary foods to give you energy, maybe your body’s trying to tell you you’re not getting what you need from your sleep. By all means, Stop Look Listen to your body, but then act.