“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha
Your body is not indestructible so you have to take care of it everyday. There’s only so far we can push them before they start to fail.
What can we do for our bodies to treat it well?
1. Take time for exercise.
I admit that I’m not a huge fan of this one because physical activity is part of my 40 hour work week. Everyday I make sure that I keep my limbs limber by going for a walk with the dogs. Being in nature is great for Mind Body & Soul.
Practicing some basic yoga is a wonderful way to keep your body flexible. Even a little activity can have a great impact.
Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, a number of types of cancer, arthritis and falls.
2. Get enough good sleep.
If you’re tired, even if you feel that you need to get more done, give yourself permission to sleep. Your mind and body uses the sleep time to heal. Some may have reasons that keep sleep from being as refreshing as they might be for others, but rest still makes a difference.
When you’re overtired, you’re more likely to snap at your boss, or burst into tears, or start laughing uncontrollably.
3. Eat well and enjoy food.
We are being more mindful of what we eat nowadays. We have to be almost on guard considering the state of the food we consume.
Eating well means feeding your body what it needs, in the most natural way you can manage and afford. Changing how you eat doesn’t have to happen in one day. You could add fruit or veggies to one meal a day or swap a cup of coffee for a glass of water instead. Adding superfoods to a smoothie is an easy way to get good nutrition.
Pay attention to flavors, textures, and smells.
4. Listen to pain.
When we have pain it means that something has gone wrong, and your body is trying to tell you. You might pay little attention to pain unless it becomes unbearable. Pain no matter how small, shouldn’t be brushed aside because it represents damage to our bodies. Ignore pain now and it could come back to haunt you later.
If the purpose of pain is to protect the body from further damage, we need to listen.
5. Slow down.
We live in a world where we have to use all our waking hours to get things done. Our family depends on us, our career demands 110% so we squeeze every second out of our day at record speed. But we need to think about how our flesh, bones, muscles, organs, our whole body will eventually suffer.
Your body is precious, so don’t neglect it. Take at least an hour out of your day a few times a week to care for it. Sleep, eat, rest, get a massage.
Show your body the same compassion that you show everyone else. It needs it just as much.