Love yourself. Find out why this is the key to vibrant health that is so often missing, and what you can do to incorporate it into your life!
Eat this. Don’t eat that. Use these products. Take these supplements.
All these “rules” we follow with the promise of good health right around the corner. We think: If we can only manage to do everything right, then we’ll feel good.
Makes me tired just thinking about it.
Why do we think we have to do everything better, be different, and change ourselves before we can be healthy and happy?
Maybe vibrant health isn’t as complicated as we make it.
There’s only thing you really, truly need if you want to be healthy.
Love Yourself: Why It’s So Vital for Your Health
Love flows into every area of our lives and makes us healthier, happier, and more alive. Let’s take a deep look and find out why.
1. Love Means Being Kind to Yourself
If you’re constantly shaming yourself, thinking how you should have done everything differently – your body and mind are not going to thrive. Plain and simple.
Self-bashing throws your body into negative stress which wreaks havoc on your health – read why here.
Healing happens in a place where you are kind to yourself.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you speak to yourself (inner-dialogue) the same way you do a dear friend/family member?
- Do you always meet everyone else’s needs before meeting your own?
- Do you provide your body with the rest and nourishment it needs to thrive?
If you show love to yourself, you will give your body good food and rest – not out of guilt or fear, but out of a place of freedom where health can flourish.
2. Love Means Listening to Your Body
In today’s world, it seems we have gotten so out of touch with our intuition.
We are so busy listening to the latest “health expert” to find out what we should be eating or doing.
Did you know that your body has an innate sense of intelligence? This is definitely connected to our origin – being made in the image of God. Your body knows what it needs. Listen!
God provided everything we needed in this world to survive and THRIVE. He made us to be healthy and happy in our original design.
If you’re craving something sweet – did you know that your body might actually need some glucose? Big shocker, I know. Read more here about how your body is not trying to trick or self-sabotage you.
If you’re exhausted – rest. Don’t keep soldiering on and on with no breaks. Take care of yourself!
If you’re feeling stressed, something is out of alignment with who you really are. Your body has discomfort zones which alert you when you are making a bad decision (like yelling at your spouse, saying something mean about someone, thinking negatively, etc).
Next time you are thinking negative thoughts, tune into your body. Is your pulse elevated, breathing restricted, or muscles tense? Your body is trying to communicate with you. You have stepped out of alignment with who you really are at the core. Realign these thoughts to the true you, made in God’s image. Think God’s thoughts.
Listening to your body means to tune in to it’s cries for food cravings, the need for rest, and the stress response. Isn’t it amazing how God designed us with built-in signals for optimal health?
3. Love Means Tuning in to God
At your core, you are perfect love.
Doubtful? Remember, you are made in the image of God. God IS love. Which means YOU are love.
Love listens to God’s voice. God’s voice convicts us of sin – not for guilt, but because He knows that living in alignment with His plan will make your life better. God’s voice shouts unending love from every page of His word – a love so strong He died for it, and no one can ever question it.
Immerse yourself in the pages of His divine word so you can hear His voice clearly. Then, line up your life with this truth.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8)
Remember, love is the one thing we need most for vibrant health. We can love ourselves by showing ourselves kindness, listening to our bodies, and tuning in to God. And remember 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love.”
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