Today I left the gym minutes into my workout. I was exhausted, not in the mood to exercise, and feeling not the least bit motivated, so I put down the weights, got in my car, and came home.

Now I know that it is no noble act that I left the gym because I was tired today. It is no big piece of news that I simply did what I wanted. And I also know that this seems to be such a silly thing to think about, let alone be proud of.

But if you know me, you know that this is out of the ordinary. I rarely let myself feel this way quite honestly. I go to the gym at least 5 times a week, even on the days that I just want to put on pajamas and relax. This attitude pervades my whole life, though. I have never really listened to my body when it comes to pushing myself. Any new opportunity that I am offered often turns into an obligation because I say yes regardless of how many things I already have on my plate.

Back to today... The second I parked at the gym this evening I felt too tired to even get out of my car, but I told myself to push myself and go workout no matter how badly I didn't want to. I tried to silence what my body was telling me. Mind over matter, right?

In this case (and many others), wrong. I have realized that it is not always better to talk over what your body is telling you.

Too often we try to overwork ourselves and push ourselves past our boundaries. Of course there are days where you have to do what you don't want to in order to get where you want to go, but we must do so healthily. I have grown to realize that you don't always have to lose sleep, deal with it, or get over it when it comes to doing just one more thing.

Instead you must listen to yourself and your body. Yes, a lot of things in life are mental. Oftentimes we must psyche ourselves up to get out of bed in the early mornings or convince ourselves to choose fruit over cake. However, not everything in life should be your mind battling your body. Listen to what your body is telling you. I promise that it doesn't lie and knows exactly what you need.

Today when I got home it felt good to just relax. My new goal to listen to my body instead of constantly silencing it with my mind has begun to prove its worth.

As I begin another school year I hope to apply this new habit beyond in the gym. I know that a happier me starts with being in tune with what my mind AND my body want. Less sleep and more stress isn't always better. And I'm slowly beginning to realize that.