A Letter to Your Body | Self Care Saturday

a letter to your body

I have a birthday next week!

I still have to continue to remind myself that I am no longer 32 (this is the age I have myself perpetually stuck at). Each year as I get older, I continue to try to minimize wrinkles, find new workout routines because my metabolism isn’t what is was when I was 32 (or 22) and focus upon staying healthy.

Most of us are not kind to our bodies. It is not uncommon to show the body abuse in the way  of eating the wrong food and lack of exercise or the negative self talk we continue to provide because we are a size zero or can no longer do the things we used to do. It’s so easy to be negative towards the wonderful shell we live in. Magazines tell us to live healthy and embrace who we are but at the same time promote botox and other forms of plastic surgery (which I feel is always a personal choice). In my local area, medispas promote losing 60 pounds in 5 months (but how I ask and what does it do to your body?). I’ve shared that over the years, I have pushed my body more than some physicians ever would have predicted. I’ve never been one to take no for an answer. However, at the same time, the stress and high expectations I have placed upon my body have lead to a hypothyroid, adrenal fatigue and inflammation that I must actively deal with on a regular basis. For a long time, I took my body for granted. I believed if I pushed enough, did enough of the right things that it would do exactly what I wanted it to do. It was after our miscarriage that I realized that although our specialist felt we could become pregnant again, I was asking too much from this body that needs to support me for many years to come. As I approach my birthday, I plan to take some time to appreciate my body and to write a letter acknowledging what my body daily does for me. Until there is an ache or pain, most of us do not think about what occurs on a daily basis. Self care begins with realizing that the body we have is the only one we will receive. Medical technology has made many advances but we should never expect technology to take the place of making smart decisions. Self care also begins with accepting your limitations. Although I aspire to run, my knees have told me that isn’t going to happen. Instead, I regularly enjoy long walks and am thankful for the ability to hike beautiful trails. I remember and miss hours of tumbling runs. Today, I focus upon yoga poses that bring me not relaxation but strength. I love that I still have flexibility, even if it’s not what it once was. Today, I ask you to think about your own body. Do you harshly look in the mirror and complain about wrinkles? Do you refuse to get on a scale because the number isn’t where it was when you graduated (from high school or college)? Are you allowing yourself time to appreciate the wonder of what your body does for you on a daily basis? Take some time to consider writing your own letter to your body. Rather than complain about what it doesn’t do, appreciate what it can do. If you are one of millions who has been diagnosed with a chronic disease, I encourage you to focus upon the activities that your body is still able to do.  Thank your body for:
  • Getting you out of bed in the morning
  • Hearing the sound of your husband, children and nature
  • Allowing you to see the beauty of each day
  • Feeling the warmth of sun
  • Digesting food and allowing you to have energy
  • Simply getting you through the day
As you begin to change your focus, you may not feel the need to be as harsh.

What would your letter to your body say? 

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  1. Nina B on July 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I have health issues but I work hard to appreciate what I do have. I love this!!!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on July 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Nina, I think we one experiences health issues, you quickly learn to appreciate your body and what it does do.

      • Nina B on July 18, 2015 at 4:46 pm

        YES. Exactly!

  2. Susannah on July 18, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I love this! Self care is so important– I have yet to master (or even come close to mastering) the eating well/exercising regularly, but so much is affected by how we speak to ourselves and I work hard to keep that positive. Thank you for this!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on July 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Susannah, I truly believe we are always trying to master self care. It’s so easy to get out of balance very quickly. However, if we have some positive self talk, the hope is we can give ourselves grace. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup on July 18, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I love the heart of this post. The older I get, the more I realize that it’s all about perspective.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and Happy Birthday to you! Blessings.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on July 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you Heather. You are so right. It’s about perspective. It’s always good to regain perspective.

  4. socalledhomemaker on July 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    This is amazing! I am definitely guilty of complaining about my body but you’re so right that we take it for granted! Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Sarah @ Sometimesphotojenik on August 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    This is SUCH a great idea, especially for us women who criticize our own bodies so much more than we appreciate them.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Yes, I think we truly don’t give our bodies the credit they deserve. We are too busy being upset that we aren’t smaller or have new wrinkles etc…

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