7 Ways to Honor Your Body

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Last month, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work.  The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.

During the first week, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.

For week two, we broke down the First Principle, sharing 12 Pieces of Advice to Think Bigger.

We then took a closer look at the Second Principle: Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life.

Followed by the Third Principle, 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow.

Today we honor the temple that gets us where we need to be.  Yes, your body is a temple.  You exist on a physical plane.  It doesn’t matter how well things are going – if you feel like crap, things could be better.

Let’s look at 7 Ways to Honor Your Body.

#1 – Decorate it

When I feel down in the super dump, the quickest way I can turn it around is to throw on a nice dress and some lip gloss.  Do the same and you will find others will smile and compliment you.

Even if you don’t feel like it, looking as though you feel good will make a difference.  Nothing wrong (in this case) of faking it ’til you make it.

#2 – Enjoy Real Food

It’s easy to eat food that was processed in a plant rather than came from a plant.  However, your body isn’t designed for that.  Eat lost of raw fruit and vegetables and try to incorporate many different colors.

Besides, learning to cook a few things is a very attractive characteristic in a person.

#3 – Drink Water

Where I live, the temperature has been hot, surpassing 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

I typically drink half my body weight in water – that’s my daily goal.  However, on three occasions I went into pre-term labor with my pregnancy (this is not good, although now that I’m in my ninth month, we can roll with it).

The recommendation from my care provider was to increase my water intake to sixteen (16!) glasses of water per day.  Now that’s tough but reinforces the importance and value of drinking water.

It flushes your system, helps digestion, hydrates babies when your pregnant and contains zero calories.

Water is amazing when you think about it.

#4 – Be Clean

Hygiene is one of those basic skills that demonstrates you care about yourself.

On a basic level, it’s so important to love yourself.  Part of loving yourself is to ensure your basic needs are taken care of.  Food, water, shelter and hygiene.

Negligence in this area repels both companionship and opportunities for advancement.

Take extra care to ensure your hair isn’t flaky, your teeth are brushed and your sweat glands are under control.

#5 – Smell Nice

Although along the same lines as #4, it takes things a step further.  Sometimes it’s something as simple as your shampoo that will make you smell good.  Other times, you might delight in a little perfume.

Either way, it’s important to smell nice.  Don’t drown yourself in cologne, but a small scent can enhance the way others feel about you and interact with you in a positive way.

#6 – Wear Soul-Enhancing Clothes

There are millions of styles and types of clothes.  Which do you find most comfortable?  Which make you feel your best?

As a minimalist, I try to keep my wardrobe very limited.  Although I don’t multiple closets of clothes, I have plenty to wear.  It all fits well and brings me joy.  This connects me with my soul.

Best of all – I’m comfortable in my own skin.

What is your style?  What clothes do you find most comfortable?  What clothes make you feel your best?

#7 – Stay in Shape

In order for your body to work for the duration of your life you have to move.

You don’t need to run triathlon’s (although that’s pretty inspirational if you do)

Finding a few activities you enjoy works wonders.  Whether it’s a combination of, hiking and yoga or dancing and swimming or snow-shoeing – you honor your body and yourself by getting up off the couch and moving.

To get the most out of life – honor your body.

 

Which of these 7 ideas will you implement first?

 

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