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You guys. Something bad happened to me the other day…
I got food poisoning.
*A brief pause for you to go ahead and make that cringe face that everyone makes when they see or think or hear those words… Food. Poisoning.
It was awful. Excruciating.
I was miserably nauseous for the first half and racked with chills, stomach cramps, and body aches for the second half.
And it really made me think about how incredibly fragile these silly bodies we walk around in are. I mean, one bad meal, and for twenty-four hours you feel as though you might die.
But it’s not just some bad mac and cheese that can strike us down, no. Too much sun, too much alcohol, too much activity even. People are constantly exposed to things that can have a negative effect on their bodies and their minds.
And most of the time we’re doing it to ourselves!
I mean… no, you can’t always see food poisoning coming. And you can’t always prevent an athletic injury or a migraine. But some of the other things we’re doing are simply a matter of carelessness.
Regularly overeating, over drinking, not exercising, not drinking enough water, not putting on sunblock!
And lets not forget the equally important (but probably not talked about enough) mental heath.
Not expressing ourselves, not taking time to do what makes us happy, not reading, exposing ourselves to too much stress and negativity!
While our bodies and our minds can certainly endure a lot, is it really necessary to force so much onto them? Wouldn’t it be better to treat them with the care and respect they deserve?
“Health isn’t about being “perfect” with food or exercise or herbs. Health is about balancing those things with your desires. It’s about nourishing your spirit as well as your body.” – Golda Portesky
I recently started thinking about my future and what it means to be a thirty something woman in America. And I decided that since I am not where I thought I’d be by now, I should probably take care of myself enough to look and feel good as I get older, since ‘older’ is when I’ll be doing the things I thought I would have already done by now (does that make sense?).
I started putting sunblock on every day – not just when I’m going to the lake. I started making a conscious effort to drink more water, while also drinking less alcohol. I added some new vitamins and supplements to my daily diet and began working out on a regular basis.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I also made some job changes in an effort to be happier and more fulfilled in my daily life, because I really do believe that emotional and mental health are just as important as physical wellbeing.
And while some (most) of this was in a vain effort to not look or feel my age, I eventually realized it’s really just a good idea to try to take care of my body as much as I can, to ensure that it’s able to withstand the amount of time I plan on using it.
“If you don’t take care of this, the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given… where are you going to live?” – Karyn Calabrese
Now, I’m not a fitness coach or a health expert by any means, so please don’t think I’m claiming to be one. I just think a little less carelessness and a little more conscious effort could probably go a long way towards better health and wellbeing for most people.
In case you’re wondering, I bounced back really quickly from the food poisoning. The next day I was basically normal, back to work and everything, though a little hesitant to eat very much.
I just couldn’t shake the thought of how vulnerable I had been, how easily taken down I was… but in a good way, I think. Because if you’re aware of how fragile you are, if you’re mindful of how your actions can effect you down the road, you’re bound to make better choices and proceed accordingly.
“Growing into your future with health and grace and beauty doesn’t have to take all your time. It rather requires a dedication to caring for yourself as if you were rare and precious, which you are, and regarding all life around you as equally so, which it is.” – Victoria Moran
How are you taking care of your mind and body?
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