How is Your Relationship with Your Health?Oct 25, 2021
How is your relationship with your health?
We all have a relationship with our bodies and our health, even if it’s an avoidant one. How would you describe your relationship with your health?
Do you love taking care of your health and your body? Does it feel like a privilege to take care of your body and do the things that make it feel healthy and happy? Or does “taking care of your health” feel like something you’d rather avoid? Or worse, does it feel like a burden or obligation?
Our body is our home throughout this life on Earth, and sometimes our relationship with our body can feel complicated.
As babies, we don’t worry or think about our bodies. We eat when we are hungry, sleep when we are tired, and get plenty of exercise because we love to play. If we get hurt or feel sick, we rest.
As we start to grow up, we start getting messages about our bodies from society. This is when we may start adopting some of society’s negative messages and judgments about bodies that may be critical or less than loving.
These judgements and criticisms can show up as self-punishing subconscious beliefs and actions, apathy, or abuse in the form of dieting, extreme exercise, or unhealthy habits such as smoking or drug use.
The truth is our bodies are perfect. Our bodies tell us exactly what we need. If we are able to listen to the cues, we will know when we need food, water, sleep, and everything bodies require to feel happy and healthy.
The problem may only be that we have forgotten how to listen to the wise, internal messages and signals from within our bodies, and instead have learned to listen to the negative external messages. This can happen without us realizing it.
Have you been listening to the external “experts” instead of your internal wisdom? If so, this is what it may look like:
Dieting or restricting your food to “drop the last few pounds” vs. listening to your body’s hunger cues.
Punishing yourself with extreme fitness programs that you don’t enjoy, without balancing them with restorative rest and relaxation when your body feels tired or exhausted.
“Falling off the wagon” in any way. When you continually get on a "wagon" of any kind (diet, fitness program, new routine) and frustratingly “fall off,” it is a sign that you may be going against your internal guidance system.
If you would like to deepen your relationship with your body so that you can hear what you truly need and want, here are some questions to help you start reflecting:
1. What is your relationship like with your body? Do you feel completely loving and unconditionally accepting of your body, or do you feel self-criticism and judgement?
2. How do you feel about your overall health? What does “being healthy” mean to you?
3. What is your relationship with food?
4. What is your relationship with activity/movement or exercise?
5. What addictions, if any, do you have when it comes to your body?
6. What would be your ideal relationship with your body? Notice if there are any “shoulds,” tolerations or situations that you would like to let go of.
If you have been struggling with your health or your relationship with your body, and would like to find out how working together can help your take your power back, email me at [email protected] or book a free consultation on my website at christinarenzelli.com
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