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Why listening to our bodies is the essence of self-care

It is Day 8 of 30 days to healthy living and I have lost 1.5kg / 3.3lbs. So pleased with that as I do not want to yo-yo, I am purposefully doing this in a steady and very healthy, densely nutritious way. The 30 day plan I am on is so supportive of that.

Had a tough Easter weekend with my mental health, felt very anguished at times and was very restless. It was like I had 50 rats scratching in my brain and body. Restless legs syndrome is a horrible mental health symptom, I managed to ease these symptoms by brushing my legs and arms with the Yerba Prima skin care brush. I also took lots of rest and that has helped me to feel rejuvenated. It is so important that we listen to our bodies, we are intuitive beings and responding to our unique needs is the essence of self-care.

If I ignored my body I know my mental health would have deteriorated further, so I listened, I did the things that help me so much. I had a hot lavender oil bath and I sprayed my favourite perfume. I had a hot almond milk drink, sweet and sooting. I acknowledged that resting was not quitting, I was not giving in to how I felt, but allowing myself the compassion to get through it the best way I knew how. In the past I may have resorted to unhelpful behaviours, but this time I was able to apply positive steps. A key sign of how much I am progressing on my self-care journey. It didn’t feel comfortable at times, but I kept reassuring myself as if I would reassure a friend, treated myself with dignity and respect, and that made all the difference.

I am feeling so much better today. The scratching feeling inside my brain has left me and I feel peaceful again, instead of anguished. This journey continues to be a squiggle, not a straight line, and I am OK with that. Just like a physical condition, like diabetes, you can do all the things you are suppose to do to stay well, take your insulin, eat the right food, yet still your sugars will spike or crash. I can just take heart that I am doing everything I can in my will-power to stay well, if I have a bad day I can have a good day again. I will not be defeated, mental illness will not get the better of me. I will live my best life despite it. I have to continue to treat my mental health with respect so that I can give myself the best care to stay as well as I possibly can.

Day 8 of 30 days to healthy living

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