Hi Everybody, we live in a world that's all about pushing ourselves so we don't look weak. We don't want others to think we are wimpy or can't handle things. I've heard dad's tell their sons "tough it out" "it'll build character". Well this type of thinking is great for accomplishing tasks that you otherwise want to give up on, but it's not a good way to take care of your body. We need to teach our children and ourselves to get in touch with out bodies. Our bodies do speak to us and tell us when we are not feeling well or need sleep or perhaps food. I have always encouraged my children to listen to their bodies. If they are not feeling well, there is no reason to push them to go to school. If they are very tired, I encourage them to sleep in. We must honor our bodies and in turn our body will take good care of us. If you are sick, you will get well much quicker instead of going in the other direction which is often a long drawn-out bronchitis or other complication from not taking care of a cold. Also, I encourage you all to listen to your tummy. When it feels hungry, eat, and pay attention to when it feels full. Stop eating before you feel very stuffed. Remember, your brain doesn't register how full you are for 15 minutes, and if you are a fast eater, you can easily overeat, so slow down and listen to your body. Take it easy on yourself and not just your health, but your appearance as well. We all have attributes of our physical appearance that we don't like, or perhaps like less. Try not to focus on the parts you don't like and pay attention to the parts you do like. Remember, you may think something is so obvious, and usually another person looking at you won't even see it. We tend to magnify our problem areas beyond what is truly reality. A lot of this can be blamed on the media for highlighting problem areas constantly, but keep in mind that it is their job as they are usually trying to sell you something. The only way for you to "buy it" is for you to think it will improve something you fear or feel badly about. Take it all with a grain of salt and realize that you are beautiful inside and out. If you have a beautiful heart and soul, it will shine through and captivate people; this I promise you. People will be drawn to your inner beauty like a magnet and because your inner beautiful is so bright they will be unable to see any physical flaw you may have. I hope this will help remind you to go easy on yourself, listen to your inner voice, and take care of yourself.
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