Five Simple Ways to Honour Your Body
Your body is where you live. It is the thing through which you experience this life and it's constantly conspiring to keep you here on this planet. Your lungs breathe, your heart beats, your neurons are firing, your digestive tract is working... all with no conscious effort on your part!
Personally I think that's pretty damn rad!!
Yet so many people struggle with a negative body image. With hating the body they live in. With the self loathing that can come along with it all. I know I did for many many years.
There are many ways you can learn to love your body and accept yourself, and learning to honour your body is a big part of that.
You can't love something if you haven't even acknowledged it has needs and wants. You can't accept something if you won't look at it and have a relationship with it.
That's where honouring comes in. Here are five of my favourite ways to honour the body and let a little more love in each and every day!
You get cues and signals from your body every day. These might be in the form of a physical cue or a gut instinct. Your body is the best source of knowledge about what it needs and it tells you so that you can fulfill those needs! The problem is, many of us have gotten really good at not listening.
How often has your body told you something and you've chosen to ignore it? Perhaps you're tired but you choose to stay out late with your friends. Perhaps you're hungry but you push on through and skip lunch yet again. By ignoring your body's cues you are saying you don't matter. You're not worth listening to. You don't know best.
On the same token, how often have you ignored your intuition in life? Perhaps you've gotten a bad vibe from a situation, ignored it, and learned your lesson the hard way. Or you met a new person who you knew you shouldn't start dating, you did anyways, and it ended up going up in flames.
Our body is always telling us what we need to know, and by getting out of our own way and listening to those signals, it is a wonderful exercise in kindness, self respect, and honouring your needs. These are all steps in the journey to self acceptance and self love!
2. Physical Nourishment
Your body does everything it possibly can to keep you alive. It will run off of too little sleep, survive off of soft drinks and candy if it needs to, and still keep your organs and body running in tip top shape.
But just like listening to your body is important, so is nourishing it. Giving your body the food it needs, keeping it properly hydrated, and getting enough sleep are all wonderful ways of honouring your body and thanking it for all that it does!
One important thing to note is that this is unique to every single person. The food that nourishes you best is not necessarily what will be best for a friend or family member. This is about tuning in and observing how your body feels when you eat certain foods. Do you get lethargic or bloated? Or are you energized and upbeat? In general, this often means eating as many whole foods as possible and reducing processed and junk foods. Plus of course aiming for your minimum 6-8 glasses of water each day and approximately 8 hours of sleep each night.
Caring for your physical health and nourishing your body with the things it needs to thrive is a key step in honouring your needs and respecting yourself.
3. Self Care
I LOVE talking self care because it is so vital to your health & wellness plus it encompasses so many activities. Self care can take the form of things like having a bubble bath, getting a massage, going for a walk, having a beautiful cup of tea, or one of my favourites it incorporating essential oils throughout your day.
Basically anything that makes you feel yummy, taken care of, and reduces stress!
Essential oils are great because they're cost effective, simple to use, safe, have a variety of health benefits, plus they can impact your emotions and mood at the same time. What's not to love??
A few of my favourite single essential oils for self care include (but are not limited to):
Lavender - This is the oil of communication & calm. Lavender is renowned for it's properties of relaxation, peace, and helps promote self-awareness and open communication. Wonderful when used in a bubble bath or added to face lotion.
Peppermint - Known as the oil of a buoyant heart, peppermint can help you rediscover a sense of happiness, optimism, positivity, and joy. It is often used in a diffuser or added to a foot scrub or lotion for a cooling and soothing sensation.