human body is unlimited in potential; it is just a matter of knowing how to
Teetering on the
Brink of Balance
As women, we have been taught to be “good girls” and make sure others’ needs are satisfied before our own. It is a message that translates into ignoring fatigue, saying “yes” when we mean “no,” keeping silent when slighted so we don’t offend others, and slipping into roles that never quite fit us. Many of us feel so much guilt or anxiety when we try to break free of the dictates of our culture, that we simply find it “easier” to keep being good.
The prescriptions for healthy living abound in our women’s magazines—get regular exercise, sleep eight hours, eat a well-balanced diet, maintain close relationships, drink plenty of water, think positive thoughts, find work you like…Each recommendation is perfectly valid and helpful, but without attending to our core values, needs, and desires, they seem like empty platitudes.
I have seen clients blossom when they learn to love and treat themselves well. Sometimes they make drastic changes to honor their authentic selves. Other times, it just requires enough support from outside, that they learn to recognize how to treat themselves with the same gentle care.
Creating balance in our lives is not an
overnight phenomenon. We need to feel well enough in the first place to have
the strength to make changes. As a health and nutritional counselor, I have
experienced firsthand that we are what we eat. We need to treat our bodies
with love and respect by eating whole, fresh foods and cutting down on the
caffeine and sugar to start feeling healthy again. The next step, fresh air
and exercise, raises our endorphins, gets our blood flowing and our heart
beating. Fresh, pure water cleanses out the toxins and keeps us well hydrated.
Now we can get busy on who we are and what gives us joy.
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