The ONE thing you need to do to get your healing on:
You are healing RIGHT NOW.
Your body is doing everything in its power to heal you right now. It’s trying to help you become whole again.
It’s doing millions of little things right this second to keep you functioning and working. Amazing, right? Right. Totally, freaking, amazing. I don’t understand half the things my body does to heal me. I don’t think anybody actually does!
Right now, your body is creating all sorts of proteins to build new cells. It’s killing all sorts of foreign substances that crawled their way in and don’t belong. It’s repairing cuts and bruises. It’s changing your stomach lining. It’s bringing nutrients to your brain as you read this. Your body is an incredible healing machine.
Even cooler: Your body knows exactly what you need, even if you don’t. And I’m not just talking about the physical.
Amazingly, your body also knows whether you need to quit your job. It knows if you need to seek counseling for your marriage that’s been on the rocks for a while. It knows that it’s a good idea to add those amazing people you just met on facebook.
If there’s one thing you can take away here it’s this:
Your NATURAL impulse is to heal.
Your body wants you to have a healthy life: On a physical level, but also on an emotional, mental and spiritual level.
How do you help your body heal? SIMPLE.
Here’s the ONE step to getting it to do its work.
& It can be incredibly difficult:
Get OUT of the stress response & RELAX.
It really is simple. Either our bodies are in the stress response, either our bodies are in the relaxation mode.
Our thoughts, our beliefs, our actions all affect which one we’ll be in. We really do have some measure of control on our own healing. We simply need to understand this crucial fact: Everything we think and do influences which response is operating. We CAN choose relaxation over stress. Not 100% of the time & that’s fine. Life is supposed to be a little stressful! It’s good at times, but we can’t LIVE there. We have to come back to the relaxation response. It’s preventative, and it’s healing.
Relaxation sends signals to your body that it’s safe to repair itself. The immune system will kick into gear, your blood will flow and bring nutrients to your internal organs, and the food in your stomach is really broken down into the amazing nutrients you need. Relaxing allows your body to do its magic.
Can I challenge you to do something relaxing today?
- Watch a funny movie and let yourself laugh
- Cuddle with a pet (Or watch videos like these)
- Go for a walk
- Spend time in nature
- Meditate if that’s your thing
- Hug someone for at least 8 seconds
- Smile at a stranger
- Think of 5 things you’re grateful for
- Take a long luxurious bath
- Cross something off your to-do list you don’t really need to do
- Call your sister
- Call your mom
- Talk with an incredible supportive friend
- Let some worries go
- Take a few deep breaths
- Celebrate a success
- Go for a run
- Do some yoga
- Take a nap
- Take a stretching break
- Get off the computer
- Water your plants
- … the list can go on and on.
Important: See it this way: WATCHING CUTE KITTEN VIDEOS IS NOT PROCRASTINATION! IT’S HEALING! Let yourself go into the relaxation of it… Enjoy it. Really. You’re doing this for your health.
I want to hear from you:
What is your #1 way to relax?
Share in the comments below!