Life can be challenging at times; that has rarely ever been in doubt. There are both good challenges and bad challenges, and how we rise to meet them is both a true measure of who we are and an indicator of where we find ourselves.
The world around us, though, never stops running, never stops making noise, never stops asking, never stops making demands and never runs out of energy. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for us. There is no shame in it, but over time, life can wear us down and tire the very best of us. As a result, we often let one thing slip, just one thing – ourselves; leading to poor choices, bad habits, and a lack of self-love.
Remember, life is a marathon and not a sprint, take just one step at a time and you will be back to that beautiful, confident person that you can see in your mind.
If you need a little encouragement, here are five things that will happen when you start loving your body and yourself.
1. Things will get clearer.
We can’t be who we want to be until we know who we are today. To find out, we have to stop and take stock of the person we are right now and consider who and what we wish to be tomorrow. We want to be that upright, confident, fit and happy person that we can visualize; it all starts with loving yourself and loving your body, though.
We can start by listing the things that are keeping us down, at work, at home, socially, or wherever—give them due consideration and be prepared to let go or just say no!
Just pick one thing to work on this week. Be prepared to consider that it is not always other people who are the problem, sometimes it’s us. ??A little exercise and fresh air is a wonderful way to clear the head; it gives you time to think properly and separate the issues.
Let’s make a decision today that we are going to get out into nature three or four times every week. Mark the days on a calendar or put it in your planner. Make sure it is noticeable and in a place that you will see it every day. The “when I have a chance” method is a recipe for failure and writing it down is at least the beginning of a plan. Just getting outside more will help you learn to appreciate life and yourself as it is today, and get you on the right path to loving your body.
2. You’ll eat better.
When we get more air, we’re getting more exercise, which will make us feel better. When we feel better, we want to eat better. We begin to crave more goodness. Commit properly to that exercise and it won’t be long before you see poor food choices for what they are – bad choices that offer you no real benefit, internally or externally.
Better food choices also mean less of those predictable ‘slumps’ that drain energy from our mind and body. Now, that’s not to say there is no room for occasional treats because there is; but they will taste better, and they will make you feel good—because they are earned. Everything in life tastes a little sweeter when it’s earned, and loving your body becomes much easier when you really care for it.
3. You will sleep better.
When you get in the mindset of loving your body, you’re more willing to get proper sleep. And when you get a good night’s rest, loving your body becomes almost second nature. Self-care and sleep go hand in hand and you can’t have one without the other.
It’s important to get a full night’s sleep of seven to eight hours. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you don’t need it. Proper sleep also means more rational thoughts, better health, and a more optimistic personality.
Ideally, we’ll create a bedtime routine so that we can get enough sleep before having to wake up in the morning. Waking up before the alarm is set to go off is beneficial to our mood and will start the day off on the right side of the bed.