Health is a state of mind and body. We’re prone to living in our own minds, wrapping ourselves in worries and stories about things that have been and things that might be, without focusing enough on what’s real and in front of us. We don’t eat as well as we should, we might not exercise as much as we like, and we might be preoccupied with what others think of us, how we’re received by the world.
We might have a hard time keeping to a routine, or forming good habits, or keeping to a schedule, and that’s okay. Don’t worry about being perfect, don’t worry about worrying; just do your best to find what feels right and true and good to you every day. One great way of keeping ourselves in the present is by listening to our bodies. Taking full, deep breaths and really feeling the way they enter and leave the body. Touching objects, or even our own skin, to feel the sensations that come from that. Looking in the mirror and reminding ourselves that only we can live our lives, so we have to care for ourselves and be true.
We may look at ourselves and feel unsatisfied with what we see; we may feel we look too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, and that’s okay. Feeling these things, it’s important we ask ourselves why we feel this way; are we setting ourselves up by trying to conform to unrealistic standards, or is changing the way we look really important to us? When you feel unsatisfied, we should remind ourselves that life is a process, that the way we look and feel and act changes over time. We have some control over how it changes, but that control takes place over a long time, by forming habits and by being gentle with ourselves. We have to remember that there are some things we can’t change, even if we desperately want to; for the things we can’t change, it’s okay to let go of trying, because it’s no sense trying to control the uncontrollable.
We try to form good habits; to eat right and to sleep right and to laugh enough; to use the right skincare and drink enough water and exercise the right amount each day. Sometimes we might fall off the horse, and it’s good to have friends and family there to help us along the way; the best way we can help ourselves and each other is by getting back on the horse and riding again, remembering to land gently when we fall. When you feel alone, remember that every person has their own process, that we’ve all fallen off the horse; that you’re not alone in trying to improve yourself.
You might not want to try body sugaring; you might be comfortable with how you look, and you might be timid about having it done, and that’s okay. You might want to get the highest quality body sugaring, and see how it feels and how it changes your appearance; it might pique your interest. Care for your body is care for your mind.