The Best Care For Your One Body Will Be Unique To YOU
We talk about providing the best care for your one body. The big question is, though, what does that BEST CARE look like for you?
Hint: It is likely not going to look exactly like anyone else’s best care. . .
For example, is the following applicable to your best care for your body? How will you know?
I used to think the best care for my body meant “proper” diet and exercise. After all, if I ate right and exercised and maintained a “healthy” weight, I would be taking the best care of my body, right?
Not so much. At least not for me.
Why A One Size Fits All Approach Doesn’t Work
What I found was that those things were slowly killing me. Primarily because of what they did to my psyche and spirit. Leaving me with a constant feeling of not good enough. Always monitoring and obsessing over calories and content and control. Never healthy enough, never done, always criticizing and judging and comparing.
I can see that it was perhaps not so much what I was doing, but how I was doing it. Primarily I was trying to force my physical body into compliance with standards set by others. At the expense of my mental and emotional body.
That is rarely a good approach for anyone. Identifying the best care for your one body requires getting better at feeling what is going on in your one body. And then trusting what you feel more than the advice and protocols of others. It requires recognizing and working with the entirety of your being and body – the physical body, the emotional body, the spiritual body, the mental body.
The best care for your one body cannot be a lopsided or incomplete approach.
So what might that look like?
Identifying The Best Care For My One Body
I believe it comes down to the fuel that is put in, the movement asked, and the way in which one recharges or resets.
But those are best determined by me. Not by blindly subscribing to what I am “supposed” to do.
The best care for my one body involves plenty of time spent with myself. Just me. I like quiet. And I recharge alone. I always have. I haven’t always recognized it. But when I do, and when I create the space and take the time, I feel the difference in my body.
It involves limited time on social media and avoiding news cycles altogether. I don’t need the comparisons with others and I don’t need to know about all the “bad” things going on in the world. That is really poor quality intake for my body and soul.
It involves sleeping with the window open, preferably as it starts to get cool at night. I sleep best at 65 degrees, which means windows open from October to March. It feels marvelous. And when I sleep well, I feel the effect through my whole body. My brain wakes up.
It involves waking up without an alarm, allowing my body to tell me when I am rested sufficiently. When I sleep well, this is about 6am. And I get to listen to the birds and the sounds of morning. That is great care for my body.
It involves daily time to reset my tension levels. When I forget to do that, or don’t take the time, it is like leaving the volume turned up high in my body. Eventually something will overload or get numbed out to the noise. I prefer to reset each day. My body prefers to be reset every day. This is one of my favorite places and ways. It is good to frequently remember the feel of dropping my shoulders and softening in my body.
My best care involves movement, of the physical body, the emotional body, and the spiritual body. Stuckness in thought, physicality, or belief in any way indicates to me a lack of movement somewhere. That might mean a walk, a hike, a sit on the floor, a drive, an exploration of internal dialogue, and excavation of old belief systems, a replacing of habit. All movement in some way.
It Is Essential To Know What “Lights” You Up Inside
The best care for my one body also involves buying Lego. Others often wonder, how is that the best care for my one body?? It is a valid question. In short, it makes me happy in a way that lights me up inside with genuine enjoyment and fun. I need that. My inner child needs that.
A relationship with my inner child is absolutely vital to my best care.
My best care sometimes means literally stopping to smell the roses, stepping outside to see the tiniest slivers of a crescent moon or the luminescence of a full one. It includes pulling over to take a picture of rainbows, or rivers, or trees decked out in fall splendor.
Things that light me up inside make me smile.
Genuine smiles are emotional and mental fuel and essential to the best care of my one body. As often as possible.
What Does This Mean For You?
What I have learned is that the best care of my one body involves knowing what I like, knowing what causes me to shrink inside, gaining experience with the feel of expansiveness in my soul, and finding what allows me to live in relation to the world around me with the most ease.
This goes far beyond “proper” diet and exercise.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating hedonistic pleasure seeking or a chucking out of sound nutritional principles. I am advocating for a felt sense of what is right for me, and a felt sense of what is right for you. They may be very different things for each of us. But there very much is a felt sense to what the body needs, in any given moment. I can’t always honor it in myself in each moment. But I can learn to feel for it and do the best I can. Shifting and adapting where I can.
I have an innate, instinctive, intuitive, internal part of me that is 100% accurate every time when it comes to knowing what my body best needs. So do you. Everyone does. The trick is becoming familiar with how that part of me communicates. It is learned through feel. When I get better at feeling, and frequently practice trusting what I feel and acting on it. . .that is the best care of all for my one body.
What about you? Do you know what fuel and movement you most need for the best care of your body? Is it moving away or toward something that you instinctively know you need? Is it removing something you regularly ingest, literally or metaphorically, that is slowly poisoning the way you feel about yourself, the world, or others? Is it adding something to your “diet”, literally or metaphorically, that would significantly enhance how you feel about yourself, the world, or others? Do you know how you best recharge?
The best care for your one body isn’t any more complicated than that. Knowing the best fuel, knowing the best movement, and knowing how to best recharge are good places to start.
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Not sure how? You are not alone. Tuning into the unique needs of your body, mind, and spirit can be a daunting task with many options and avenues to explore. We are not here to tell you what to do, but rather, to help you get better at feeling, and then trusting what you feel.
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