What does being in shape mean to you? Do you think of those last few stubborn pounds that just aren’t shifting off the scale? Or that spin class you just can’t seem to fully keep up with yet? Or what about that piece of cheesecake you had last night? The natural thought would be that of your physical body and of exercise. Sure, we all know (or should know) the importance of exercise. Not only does it release endorphins that contribute to a feeling of happiness but it lowers stress levels and helps us lose weight. Additionally, it helps with reducing the risk of major illnesses.
Personally, I’m happiest when I exercise regularly and eat healthily. Why? Because the results make me feel happy, confident and sexy. I like what I see in the mirror and like how my clothes feel. I also love knowing and appreciating the discipline of my efforts. My spiritual side is grateful to myself for looking after the only body I have, to experience this thing called life with. Have you ever thought about it like that? Have you thanked your body today for allowing you to be here?
However, being in shape is about so much more than just your body and most of us tend to forget this. Being in shape is ensuring that your mind, spirit and emotions are in shape too.
What are you allowing to disturb your psyche and your spirit? What isn’t sitting right with your soul? Are you hurting your mind with thoughts that don’t serve you in the best and healthiest way? Are you infesting your brain cells with endless hours of scrolling through social media? What about the people you have around you? Do they bring out the best in you or do they suck the life out of you? Are they empowering you, adding value to your life and contributing to the best version of you? Are you bottling up emotions and refusing to address them?
I’ve reached a place in my life where I can recognise when something isn’t right with me; when something is off and when I feel uneasy. I’ve done this by taking the time to listen to my soul and to the voice inside; to pray, to meditate and to quieten the noise. I’ve also done this by respecting and loving myself enough to help me figure things out. I ask myself questions all the time. I ask myself how I feel and if it’s a negative emotion, I ask why I feel the way I do and what I can do to change it. I’ve learnt that talking with or to someone is absolutely the best way to release any anxious thoughts. I’ve discovered what triggers low moods and the undeniable importance of deep breathing to calm me. I’ve chosen the people in my life and recognise good energy. Ultimately, I stick to doing what I know will make me be happy, feel safe, inspire me and help me live in MY truth.
I urge you to remember the importance of mental, emotional and spiritual health. When you’re feeling low, anxious, depressed or lonely, speak to someone; a friend, a family member, a counsellor. Take time out from social media and broaden your mind. Put your brain power to good use by reading a book, playing a board game or doing a crossword. Confront your feelings and emotions. Pour energy into whatever motivates you. Run wild with inspired thought and act on it. Be creative and visulaize your perfect life. Think happy thoughts and bury the bad ones. Go for a walk in the countryside and be with nature. Be still. Listen to good music. Remember the good times. Keep good company and cut ties with bad ones. Love yourself and be kind to you, your mind, your soul and your body.