How many times have you woken up and not wanted to get out of the bed because your body wasn’t up to it? Our bodies sustain us in more ways than we realize. The body is the vehicle that drives us from point A to point B, it’s what motivates us to move, and it’s what, quite literally, allows us to move towards the goals we set for ourselves. Yet, we sacrifice caring for it when in pursuit of those goals. Taking care of yourself makes it possible for you to achieve the goals you want to achieve. Our bodies should be viewed as an ally to our success and we should care for it as such. An ally is considered an asset, trustworthy, one that works in cooperation toward a common goal. If your trusted friend needed care, would you deny him that? If he were hungry wouldn’t you feed him, if your friend was tired, would you encourage him to rest? Why not do that for yourself too?
Give your body what it needs to take you where you want to go. Sometimes taking the time out to do the basic self-care activities you need to do may seem like it’s slowing you down or interrupting your progress but, in fact, you’re making sure you can stand up to the challenge that working towards your goals presents. You wouldn’t set out on a road trip without making sure your car can withstand the journey. So care for yourself, you have a great journey to success ahead of you and you need to make sure you can make it all the way and beyond. Namaste.
-Jennifer, NOVA Online Student Success Coach