How I Learned To Be More Appreciative of My Healthy Body

How I Learned To Be More Appreciative Of My Healthy Body And Why You Should Be Too

Rather than critiquing every aspect of our body, we should show some appreciation for all the things our body allows us to do.

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As a college student, it's hard not to put stress on your body.

I've done it, I'm sure you have done it, and I can bet almost anyone else you'd ask has done it too. As times change and we become a culture full of comparison and competition, we may feel subpar if we're not taking on as many tasks as the person next to us.

But, the truth is that this makes us put so much unnecessary pressure on our bodies.

And that's where the problem arises. We take the perfectly healthy and able bodies we have for granted when we're able to do so much, but I urge you to take a step back now and thank your body for putting up with you. Here is why I have chosen to do just that.

I have always naturally been hard on myself.

I'm one to look at the girl next to me, and if it appears like she is doing something that I'm not, I'll aim to take on more. I run nearly every day as a retired high school track and field athlete, but I pile on loads of classes and extracurriculars too. Therefore, I often skip out on sleep or healthy eating habits in favor of completing more tasks.

And up until recently, I always had the mindset that I'd just take on more until it backfires on me. And to be honest, I never thought it would come to that point. But, three weeks ago, it did! Surprise! I tested positive for mono.

It was like my worst nightmare come true.

The doctor told me I would not be able to run for nearly a month, and that I had to just rest for that time. For those that know me well, they know that resting is not something I'm good at. I am always out and about, and rarely ever napping or giving myself a Netflix break.

So, naturally, I assumed the doctor was wrong. I aimed to continue to complete all of my daily tasks for the next two days. There was nothing that will ever compare to what I felt next. I was WIPED. And that's when I realized, the only way I'll get better from this (and deal with any stress I'm experiencing in the future) is to give myself that break, and listen to my body.

After this, I went home for a full week and did just what the doctor said, rested! I had not laid down and watched Netflix and slept like that in god knows how long. It was so different for me, but I quickly developed a liking for the lifestyle I was experiencing. I was finally able to have time to slow down and go over my thoughts and relax.

And ultimately, I developed an appreciation for my body like no other.

There is no reason for me to beat up my body as I had been when relaxing will even make me feel better.

But, the most important point I mean to manifest here is, I was not giving myself that break. I took my perfectly healthy body for granted until I really pushed myself into a wall.

So, that's why I've finally committed to giving my body the appreciation it needs. On days when I am healthy, I feel so blessed to wake up with legs that walk properly, with arms that move naturally, and with a working brain and head on my shoulders. And, you should too!

The human body is something amazing, and it should not be taken for granted because of that. So, if you are healthy, please, always take that time out of your day to appreciate what you have!

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Looking Back At My Past

When I moved out of my dad's house at 18, I learned several life lessons the hard way. It was an uphill battle to figure out "adulting." I hope this will give some people the ability to learn certain things without going down the hard path.

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Life has a way of teaching lessons when you are overwhelmed. The more you are exposed to, the easier it is to learn these lessons. This article goes into what I wish I knew when I first got onto my own. There were many struggles, hardships and tough times you go through when you start your walk of life alone. But with it comes victories, and the knowledge of being able to get through anything. I hope when people read this article they will see what I put as a priority to learn when you become independent.

1. Money!

Learn how to budget! Learn how you're bank works, learn about taxes. Yes these seem like boring subjects, but money, or the lack thereof, can and will make your life miserable. This is something that many adults have trouble with, and it will put stress onto you. Just taking an afternoon to learn about what you need to do for your money needs will reduce stress.

2. Make at least one friend at the place you live.

The first apartment complex I lived at, I met a (I think) 45-50 year old man. I will not actually say his name but for this purpose his name is "Tim". Tim had lived in that complex for about 20 years, and he knew the staff and the residents. If I needed help or someone to talk to. He was more of a father figure than a creepy old guy. I was new to the town, living by myself, in the middle ground between a couple of in-town gangs. I needed all the help I could get, and when you have a connection it helps.

3. Know the differences between needs and wants.

Figure out your needs: food, rent, utilities. This type of thing ties into money and time. Do not invest too much time in people that are not good for you. Invest your time in your interests, hobbies, things that make you content. When you put your time in someone who at the end isn't worth it, it will occupy your mind months after they are gone.

4. Stay in contact with your family. 

My family is pretty distant to each other. We could probably go a year without talking and it wouldn't bug me. My mom and I have gotten close recently. Generally the 'after high school' years. My mom has helped me through hard times, she has leaded me an ear, or some tough advice. Yes we've had our hard times, but there are many things that I have learned from her. I understand that once you get out on your own, it is easy to stop talking to them; especially if you had a rough time growing up. A story for another time, but if you can stay in contact even if it's as little as a text from now and then. Family is something that is hard to replace once they are gone.

5. The way life teaches lessons. 

Life will teach lessons easy at first, then they will get harder to learn as we get older. An example of this is keeping your room clean as a child, then when you have an apartment. There is more cleaning to do. If you add kids and a house to that, it's even harder. My mom has an odd way of explaining this lesson. "It's like getting hit with a 2x4." The lesson first hits you, and it's small like a golf ball. Then the baseball hits you if you didn't learn before. Before you know it you get hit by a 2x4 and the lesson will hurt in someway. So please learn it before you get hit with a 2x4.

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