Gratitude is a buzzword right now. Actually, research shows that thankfulness can work wonders for your mental health (Can Giving Thanks Help Us Heal From Trauma?).
When times are tough, though, I struggle to feel thankful. I have a lot to be grateful for, but when everything hurts and I’m too exhausted to move…it’s not exactly easy to be happy.
So, I started thanking every single body part before going to sleep.
That’s right, I start with my toes and mentally say, “thank you, toes. You keep me from falling over,” “thank you, feet. You let me walk to the fridge,” “thank you, ankles…” and so on and so on, until I get to my head. If I’m still awake at that point, I start again. Repeat ‘til unconscious.
Louise Hay writes in You Can Heal Your Life about the ways we abuse our bodies. We think we’re not thin enough, not muscular enough, not tan enough, not attractive enough…I could go on.
The way we talk to our bodies has a direct and real impact on our health.
I’ll say it again: verbally abusing yourself is making you sick.
Your heart pumps faithfully to keep you alive; your lungs never cease to supply oxygen. We judge ourselves based on arbitrary external standards, but the inside is literally what counts. (Yes, that’s a hackneyed cliche, but tell that to your arteries. See if they agree).
When your doctor takes your blood pressure, the numbers reflect your internal state. Your internal organs couldn’t care less what clothes are fashionable this year or what body shape is attractive this century. You are an infinite being with limitless potential, and you simply do not have time to fret over petty human rules about being superficially “enough.”
For just a moment, think about the beauty of practicality. Think about how glorious it is that all of your body systems are functional at this very moment. If you’re alive and reading this post, it’s because your body hasn’t given up on you.
Try this out. Record your results. Comment below what you find. Your body will thank you in return.
“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life