One of the things I have my students do in my body image class (and I also do it with retreat and workshop participants, too) is write a wellness prescription. A wellness prescription is a way for you to decidedly name what makes you feel totally well in the world- physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally- so that you have a list of the numerous ways that you can and should be taking care of yourself. What does a wellness prescription have to do with self-acceptance and body love? I find that when we are deliberate about noticing what makes our body and soul feel good and then we give it to ourselves, it increases our sense of well-being because we have concrete evidence that we are capable of taking care of ourselves. Too often, we think that we can’t take care of ourselves and so we don’t try. Doing little things that really add up and do show our ability to care for ourselves can be a game changer.
Today, I want you to drink at least fifty ounces of good old fashioned water (not water with Crystal Light; not flavored Vitamin Water, just regular old water). If you aren’t accustomed to drinking so much water, start early and try for about 4-5 ounces every hour. Why the water? Our bodies are 60% water and we lose some of that during our daily activities. If we aren’t diligent about replenishing the well (I know, I know, I couldn’t resist), then our body’s functionality diminishes. Drinking water helps everything run smoother and helps us feel more energetic. It’s an easy way to give our body some love while allowing our whole self to benefit.
1. How much water do you typically drink in a day? Was it a challenge to drink at least 50 ounces of water? How did the water itself make you feel?
2. How did it feel to do deliberately embrace caring for your physical self in this way? What did you learn about the benefits of deliberately taking these sorts of steps?
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