R101: Physical Awareness

We don’t see our physicals selves like the well oiled machine that they are and we need to maintain and fix it on occasion as you would any piece of equipment that you used on a daily basis. We back up our devices, we change the oil on our cars, and we clean our homes on a regular or as needed basis. And, we need the same kind of care to ourselves and the systems that take care and house us!

When we are not feeling well physically, it takes energy from us on all the other levels. Not being attentive to nutritional needs, getting movement, sleep and rest at regular intervals all attribute to unwell. Being unwell creates dis-ease, the feeling of not being at ease in your own skin: aches, pains, depression, tiredness, and sickness.

Every person has their own needs when it comes to what their physical body needs. And, it will tell you if you take the time to listen, notice and become aware of how you feel on all levels. Really tuning into your body will help you take the steps that you need to bring it back into balance, harmony and wellness.

Some ways to help you do that are to keep a log of your food intake, activity, sleep and overall feelings to help you self-diagnose where you need attention. I would encourage you to seek professional help if you are stumped or overwhelmed about where you are on your journey and what you need to do to get on or enhance your wellness plan.

Getting real about your physical health can be daunting and scary. When I did this exercise, I realized I was morbidly obese and depressed. I had no idea where to start. Talking candidly about my situation with a doctor (one of the hardest conversations, I have ever had….I was in complete denial about my situation), I was able to begin my wellness journey.

This is a journey in loving yourself. No one is perfect and there are many starts and stops on the way to finding the right balance of nutrition and exercise that will work for you. But, it is one of the most rewarding ones you will be on. It won’t be perfect. It is important to keep at it. Because taking care of your physical body is one piece in the overall balance of your life.

There are many ways and ideas out there about this. My purpose today is to bring this into your awareness as something to be addressed. If you don’t get real with yourself, how can you make the changes? Walking out of the doctor’s office that day, I was in tears as I had buried myself in ice cream for so long, and avoided mirrors that I had this unreal image of myself: physically and emotionally. I have been on this journey over ten years and it has not been perfect, but I keep at it to keep my in balance more times that not to keep the disease, injuries and cognitive function where I want them. Being intentional about my health keeps me able to be and do what I want. I want that for you too!

More to come.

Blessings, M xo

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