How to Nurture your Physical Body

We might be spiritual BEings, but we all reside in physical bodies. The following suggestions will help you to nurture and care for your body, so that you can look and feel better about yourself. (image by Clare Bloomfield)

  1. Eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It will give you energy, nutrients to fuel and heal your body, and get you off to a good start.
  2. Moisturise your skin – your hands, arms, legs and feet, body, neck and face.  As you rub the lotion into your skin really pay attention to your body.  Soothe and comfort it with your touch. Be loving and kind to your body.  Let the choice of moisturiser be an act of nurture too – maybe one that smells good, maybe one that is organic, and chemical-free.   (image by Stuart Miles)
  3. Stretch – stretching creates suppleness and flow. Most gyms teach simple stretches. Yoga, tai chi and qi gong are all great for nurturing the body, mind and spirit.  Why not enrol in a class?
  4. Move – our bodies are designed to be active.  Go for a walk, dance around the living room, swim in the ocean or do laps at the local pool, take up golf, lift weights, hike up a hill, ride your bike through the park, play ball with your dog, sign up for boot camp, join in on a team sport.
  5. Drink lots of water. Water hydrates us, removes wastes from our cells and body, and helps our brain and all other organs and systems in our body to function normally.
  6. Get a massage.  Let someone’s skilled hands ease the knots and tension from your body. 
  7. Have a daily dose of sunshine.  Vitamin D has proven health benefits, and natural light has an uplifting affect on our mood.
  8. Eat for health, and for the long-term benefit of creating and maintaining a healthy weight.  Get help with this if you need it.
  9. Freshen up your physical body’s image by giving yourself some love and attention, especially if you have been neglecting yourself. Get a haircut, or a manicure. Shape your eyebrows, buy a comfortable good-fitting bra or pair of shoes. Buy a new lipstick or a cologne and wear it! Whether you’re male or female, personal grooming is an important part of self-care. Any sort of make-over that helps us feel better when we look in the mirror will lift our energy and give us a more positive connection to ourselves.
  10. Get enough sleep.  Most adults need  a MINIMUM of seven hours a night.  Even this one simple act of nurture can have a profound impact on our health, well-being and outlook. 
  11. Get a medical, especially if you haven’t been taking care of yourself, if you have hereditary or lifestyle risk factors for illness or disease, or if you’re over 35.
  12. Go visit a dentist or dental hygienist, and have your teeth and gums checked out, cleaned and maintained.
  13. Cut down on sugar, caffeine and junk food.  Include plenty of good quality protein, vegetables and fruits in your diet. 
  14. Explore aromatherapy – scent can have a powerful positive influence on our bodies.
  15. Laugh.  It really does lighten your day.

11 thoughts on “How to Nurture your Physical Body

  1. my boys wanted to watch it again…lol. Love this post, a really good reminder for me especially when I have four boys to nurture each day. I can’t do much of that if I don’t take the time to nurture myself :o)

    Stretching is what is missing for me…doing hot yoga tonight with a friend…..thats a double nuturing event. thanks lovely Nicole xx

  2. Sounds good, except the breakfast thing. I don’t do breakfast, I tried, but it makes me feel sick, no matter what I use.. Nothing but liquid before 11am is how I work and have for decades. Daily moisturising is good – I use pure coconut oil. Looking forward to tomorrow’s ideas.

    • I believe everyone has to find what’s right for them, and it sounds like you have found the best formula for you. It surprises me how many people complain of fatigue when they haven’t put any fuel in their tank to start their day. Pure coconut oil is another of my favourite things. I use it as a hair mask too, as well as in cooking. Such a yummy-smelling, terrific all-rounder. Thanks for dropping by my blog! xx

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