Physical intelligence (PQ) can be defined in many ways. Most people think of highly trained and successful athletes when they define PQ. These athletes are so in-tune with their bodies that they are expected to instantly respond to their body’s need for extreme agility, quick response time, physical endurance, etc. Often their physical needs are a result of fatigue, overuse, injury, hunger, etc.

But what about someone who is suffering from depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, autoimmune disease or other chronic, or even a terminal illness? When looking at PQ from this perspective, we are exploring the connection between the brain and the body. There is a clear connection between what is happening emotionally and physically. For example, somebody who is in chronic pain can often experience depression or anxiety. Or, conversely, someone who suffers from depression may neglect their body’s physical needs, such as sleep or food.

Lastly, there are those people who simply want to “start eating better” or “start to feel stronger.” They often turn to diet and exercise as a means to accomplish those goals.

However you choose to look at PQ, it is important to learn how to listen to your body’s subtle signs and be able to respond in an effective way to what it needs. Like paying attention when you’re hungry or when you’re full; when you are injured and need to rest; or when you are emotionally depleted and need to give your body some extra TLC. Listening to your body builds resilience.