Treat Your Body With Kindness
Self-Care is the idea we are discussing this month. Our idea today is a Self-Care Tip - Treat Your Body with Kindness For Your Best Life. We feel this is a big topic and yet an important topic. The most important aspect of the self-care idea is we only have one body to live in for in our lifetime and feeling good in our mind, body as well as our spirit is definitely a great way to feel each day.
As we continue to live in these stressful times it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves mind, body and spirit, right? Have you heard the quote - “If I knew I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself.” ― Mickey Mantle.
Powerful and such a good reminder of why it is important to have a good self-care practice. What I have found about my own self-care practice is how simple it is to be kind to my body each day for my best life. Practicing many self-care habits over this past year I feel better than I have in years. Some but not all of the self-care practices I have committed to this year are:
Check out our tips to help you treat your body with kindness and be sure to let us know how we can help you.
What a lot of people really need, is to focus on being kinder to themselves and their bodies. Most feel that they’re already being kind, but are they really?
Get Lots of Rest
In my holistic lifestyle coaches training what we learned is sleep/rest is the forgotten pillar of wellness. We learned that if most people just got better read and sleep many nagging health issues would simply go away, that is how vital sleep is for our best life. So, the first and easiest way to treat yourself better would be to make sure that you get as much rest as you need each day. Proper sleep and rest are important for your body because your body needs those periods to make some repairs to your cells. If you don’t get all of the rest you need, then your body will begin to fail in small ways, and you will begin to feel tired all of the time. As you become weaker, you will see a breakdown in the quality of your work, and relationships around you will begin to suffer.
Much of this is due to the fact that it’s hard for a person to feel completely connected to others when their mind hasn’t been allowed to rest properly. Studies have connected lack of sleep to a rise in apathy in some people. As the apathy increases, the subject will begin to connect less and less to those around them until they are completely isolated. So it’s extremely important to take proper sleep into consideration.
Let Yourself Have Fun
Do you ever feel guilty when you take days off or try to do fun things with friends and family? A lot of people are in fields of work that force them to produce more and more work for their company. This culture of overworking yourself isn’t healthy and can lead to extreme forms of burnout.
The apathy that comes from being sleep deprived can also play a heavy role in diminishing your ability to enjoy things, so this is a place where arresting and allowing yourself to have fun meet. When you are properly rested, you’ll be in a better state to have fun, and if you allow yourself that time, then you can get rid of a lot of the extra stress that you’ve been holding onto each day.
Make Sure You’re Hydrated
How much water do your drink in a day? Hydration is something that a lot of people overlook because living in a modern world tells you that everything you need is just a phone call or a store trip away, but people have to make the right choices when it comes to health. A lot of people have fallen into the habit where they've replaced water with different types of soft drinks. These soft drinks are made of mostly sugars and chemicals that were created in a lab, and they don’t provide pure water to help you sustain many of your basic functions, so it can be easy to find that you are dehydrated to a level that can make you feel ill. One idea to drink enough water daily is to have a glass of water when waking up in the morning, have a glass of water before you eat meals and snacks, 2 glasses of water during exercise and a glass of water before bed.
Pay Attention to Your Body
Self-awareness isn't always something that comes naturally to people. Sometimes it can take a well-crafted effort for you to learn what is needed and when. This is partially because the world at large has taught people to live for their desires more than their needs. Once you have made the choice to get more well acquainted with yourself, you can begin to practice mindfulness so you can learn about the signals that your body puts out to let you know what you really want.
This simply means that by taking time for a self-care practice that includes slowing down and connecting more with mind, body and spirit you will learn what is best for you in pursuit of your best life.
How do you Treat Your Body with Kindness For Your Best Life? Share any ideas and comments below.
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