Take Care of You (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 82)
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.”
— Jim Rohn
Sometimes, when you’re tired, one of the best things to do is take a break from your daily work schedule and take care of your body. Often, a greater emphasis is placed on nurturing the mind. But less thought and care is paid attention to the body. If you’re physically stressed, overweight, hungry, or sick, you will not perform to your maximum level. Your work, overall attitude, and relationships will suffer significantly.
Think about how your physical habits are affecting your every day life. Some days, you may need extra rest. Other days, you may need more sleep. Several days a week, your body might need exercise — cardio, push-ups, weight-lifting, or simple jogging. Still, at other times, you simply need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and give yourself a change of pace. You might resent the suggestion to slow down a bit, but we all must do so. If we don’t do it on our own, our bodies will eventually force us to.
Being physically active is not only good for our health, but it makes us happier too. It improves our mood, lifts our spirit, and helps us to focus and think clearer. We don’t all have to run marathons or lift one hundred weights a day, but taking the time to care for our bodies in simply, consistent ways can make all of the difference. Eat well. Make time for exercise. Get your sleep and rest. Listen to your body. Slow down on your own periodically before you’re forced to do so. Treat yourself like you would treat any other human being — with kindness.
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
— C.S. Lewis