Practicing Gratitude For Your Body and Your Health
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It turns a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates vision for tomorrow.” - Melody Beattie
Beginning your day by acknowledging all you are thankful for will create an overall sense of contentment and happiness about your life, as well as set the tone for a positive outlook on the day ahead. Science has shown that the power of positive thought affects our overall health. People that consistently practice gratitude enjoy higher levels of positive emotions, stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, more joy, optimism and happiness, they treat others with more generosity and compassion and feel less lonely and isolated.
How often do we tend to take our bodies and our health for granted? All too often. It is easy to forget how much these two things matter...that is, until something goes wrong with them that make us realize how critical they are in our lives.
Be grateful for your body and all the wonders it is capable of, all the places it has carried you to, the children it has given to you, the babies it has fed, for the health it has given you and how it has allowed you to live your life.
Make yourself more of a priority. You deserve to put yourself at the top of your “to-do” list.
Look at exercise as a privilege, not a burden. View your workouts as a way to show yourself gratitude that you are physically capable.
Love your body. Whatever shape or size. It is a complex and beautiful creation that is capable of healing on its own, transforming and changing in positive ways. Instead of forcing yourself to do workouts that feel punishing, treat your body kindly and find new ways to exercise that feel fun and natural for you.
Find gratitude in the things about you that make you, you and acknowledge and appreciate all the wonderful strengths that you have and their positive influence on those around you. Even the smallest things you have to offer make a big difference in the lives of others.
Recognize that each healthy choice you make is because you love your body and want to honor it with actions that will respect it’s miraculous existence and promote it’s overall health, longevity, strength, endurance, and energy.
Reward yourself for all the hard work you have done. Even if your bigger goals have not been met, it is important to recognize and celebrate your small successes along the way. Make sure to take the time to do something for yourself along the way to your bigger goals.
Loving, appreciating and showing gratitude to your body, your health and yourself is the best way to the healthiest, happiest you. Experience and express gratitude as a regular practice and you will see that your beautiful life really is extraordinary.
As a wife and mother of two active little boys, Dr. Taglio understands that life is busy and can easily get out of balance. She knows how important healthy habits are in maintaining a healthy family. She is committed to addressing the whole body and takes a multi-pronged approach to improving the function of the nervous system, by removing nerve interference through chiropractic, addressing nutritional components and incorporating neuromuscular re-education to maintain spinal health and stability. She has made it her mission to help people not only feel great, but also help them reach their highest potential, in whatever their endeavors are. She has a love for children and their healing through chiropractic and nutrition.
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