Treat your Body with the Respect it Deserves

July 5, 2016

Treat your body like a temple. Treat it with love and the respect it deserves. It carries you. It takes you places. It helps you feel. It helps you exhibit emotions and take action. And it's you, so why not treat it well?

I'm not saying to eat your greens and exercise every single day; as much as it's preferred for everyone to do that, you don't necessarily have to. I'm saying that you should listen to your body and give it the love and attention it needs.

Stretch and Move

Everyone's excuse for not exercising is not having time, at all. I understand, I've been there. Finding the time when you're not physically and mentally exhausted is challenging. We all have so much to do and so many places to be that time is barely on our side. But, your body craves to be stretched from sitting in one posture all day. Your body wants to move, and as gross as it is sometimes, you body needs to sweat.

Exercising at least a few times a week improves your digestive system, keeps you in shape and gets your organs working in the right ways. Your body needs it, your soul needs it, you need it.

Water and Lots of it

Living the Middle East with the heat going up to 40-50 degrees Celsius in the summer, the worst thing we all can do is to dehydrate ourselves. A masseuse once told me that most of her clients who live in the Middle East, always forget to drink water. Which made me laugh at the irony.

The lack of water reflects not only on your physical appearance with dried lips, skin, and even hair but also internally with your digestive system, blood pressure, and can cause fatigue.
Set a goal to drink at least 2 liters or even just 1 and a half liters of water a day. Carry a bottle with you and make it a habit to be aware of your body's needs and chug that water down!

Slowly Adapt to Food

As I've said a few paragraphs up, I'm not going to tell you to eat your greens, but I am going to suggest that you add in some greens to your daily meals. Take it one step at a time instead of switching your entire meal plan to salads and soups. You don't want to change your lifestyle drastically; you want to adapt slowly to a new one.

Eating the right things that your body needs like protein, greens, and home cooked meals, have so many benefits. It keeps you energetic, decreases stress, helps with your digestive track, reduces your cravings, and much more.

Keep Calm and Let your Thoughts Move on

Some of us think too much, and at times it could be helpful but most of the times it's not healthy. As much as we try to stop thinking too much, we just can't. Overthinking is our enemy that brings us stress, anxiety, and headaches. We can't avoid it.

But what we can do is physically put ourselves in a position of peace and quiet. One weekend, turn off all your electronics and sit and close your eyes. At that point, your mind would still be loud and crowded, so take up the challenge to not dwell on one thought and just let it pass. Let the voices, scenes, and pictures come in and let it float away into the abyss.

Practicing this technique for about 10 minutes a few times a week improves your concentration, keeps you calm, and gets you in touch with your emotions and your body's spirit.

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Why would you continuously go on eating that bag of chips every day when you know it leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Why do we go a whole day without taking a sip of water since we left the house? Why do we constantly get mad at others and beat ourselves up emotionally? Why would you put your body through all those harsh experiences when you know you'll regret it?

Treat your body with the respect it deserves. Understand it. Love it. And be one with it. It's your home, and it's you.

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