In my mid-twenties, I experienced a big ole’ heart break. After spending a fair amount of time sobbing on the couch, my roommate, who would probably tell you that she was grasping for straws about what to do with her formerly always sunny and now devastated roomie, dragged me off the couch and took me to get a manicure. My first manicure. A stop the tear flow sorta mani (is it any surprise that I choose a burgundy shade so dark that it was almost black even though I was in my rugged, all natural period. It was my own little inner-emo begging to be noticed). And while manis themselves didn’t stick, the idea that I could choose to do something kind to my body when my soul wasn’t feeling so swift did. Soon enough, I scheduled my first massage and was hooked. Then a pedicure. I even tried a facial though they really aren’t my speed (neither are manis but boy do I still love pedis and massages).
The point is that sometimes paying attention to our body is the best thing we can do for our whole self. And, in fact, there is science to back this up. As little as a thirty minute regular massage (2x a month counts) can boost body image and feelings of self-worth. When we nurture our bodies, we take away the venom from our words or actions and reward it for all of its hard work, thus rewarding our whole being for the hard work we do day in and day out.
Today: I want you to get (or give to yourself) a manicure, pedicure, facial, massage, reflexology, acupuncture, Reiki, or some other awesome body work done. If you can’t make it happen today, you MUST make an appointment for it to happen soon.
1. What body work did you choose for yourself? Why?
2. How did it feel and make you feel? If you have to schedule your appointment, when is it?
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