A while back I had something we would call a key moment. I was having a massage for the first time in a long time and my mind started to wander. While having my muscles squeezed I realized that this body is really special. The bones give us structure and stability, the muscles let us move around freely, the organs keep us alive and I would consider our brain kind of the center of it all. Of course this is a very, very simple description of our body, there is so much more to it. Take care of yourself because…
Our body is our temple
Let’s reword this: Our body is important. We only have this one body! It allows us to breathe, touch, eat, move, run, feel, think… There is so much more that our body is capable of and that we hardly acknowledge.
A healthy body (and of course a healthy mind) are so valuable for our everyday lives, that we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. We take our body for granted and start complaining when we feel pain and when we get sick. The problem with that is that it’s usually already too late once we feel pain. We have to start taking care of our body (and mind) BEFORE we get sick.
Take care of yourself
What I realized when I was having the massage is that in order to keep all my muscles, bones, organs and so on working, I need to take better care of myself. I know that nutrition has always been a tough topic for me and that I need to do a better job at eating well. Everybody has different needs when it comes to diet, so I don’t believe that there is one perfect diet for everyone. I am sure there are some things that we truly NEED, and our body will help us with the rest. We “just” have to listen closely.
When it comes to movement, I am trying to incoporate more and more sports in my weekly schedule. In the last couple of years I have found yoga to be a perfect mix of endurance and weight training. I know that yoga does not suit everyone, some will prefer lifting weights or going for a long run instead. The most important thing here is to move your body in a way that it does not get hurt and that you can prevent future pain and illness. Having an instructor in any kind of sports is great to learn the sports in a healthy way and not train the wrong way.
I haven’t been very active lately because I have been sick for a while. Whenever I went upside down my head would start pounding. I had to give myself a break, it just didn’t work. Getting on my mat again today felt so good because I could finally practive again. There are times when I get frustrated that I cannot do a certain yoga pose yet, especially after not having practiced for a few weeks. Then I remind myself that I am lucky enough to have a well-functioning body. I don’t have any major pain or limitations, I just need to give myself time. Being gentle to oneself is a keyword when taking care of oneself.
So, how do you take care of yourself?