taking care of oneself

Taking Care of Yourself: Know the Difference Between Mind and Body

Taking care of yourself is not always the easiest thing to do. However, it’s an important life skill to have if you want a fulfilling life.

It’s ultimately learning how to get out of your monkey mind and BE in your body.

Being Up in Your Head Makes Taking Care of Yourself Difficult

There is a big difference between being in your mind and being in your body. Most people don’t even know the difference. Do you know what I mean by being in your mind and being in your body?

When you’re in your mind, which is probably more often than not, you are listening to all the stories and mind chatter that is going on in your head. You’re not in the present moment. Instead, you’re either in the past, in should of, could of or would of’s, OR in the future, fearful or anxious about what might happen. The mind is never in the present moment. And the present moment is where your power is.

Your mind will keep you busy and often preoccupied with (if not kept in check) critical and judgmental thoughts of yourself and others. That’s what the mind does. It’s good at seeing all that is incorrect so that it can correct it. Thus the expression… the critical mind.

Your mind was designed to see all that is wrong in your environment.

It is a survival mechanism. For example, if you saw a wild tiger in your house your mind would work overtime to quickly figure out how to survive. This is a good thing. You need your mind. Of course, you probably don’t have a wild tiger in your house.

It’s funny though, most of us think we have a wild unmanageable tiger in our house… our partner. But what you actually have is another person who simply wants to be loved and accepted just like you. All the while your mind is making up stories that criticize or judge things about your relationship with him or her.

So ultimately the mind can get in the way of taking care of yourself as well as experiencing more joy in relationships.

Being In The Body Makes Taking Care of Yourself Easy

Ok, now you know. The mind, though we need it…. can cause lots of problems. Being up in your head (or in your mind) means you’re not in the present moment. It’s as simple as that. But guess what? When you’re in your body you’re always in the present moment. And again, the present moment is where your power is.

Your body has great wisdom. It knows exactly what taking care of yourself is all about. If you’re good to your body, your body will be good to you. Your body loves when you take good care of “her.” You’ll feel more calm and centered. Stress will no longer be “a way of life.”

Be Good to Yourself

Being good to your body and taking care of yourself involves many things. For starters, it involves taking time for yourself, getting enough rest, taking care of your emotions. And your body is the storehouse of your emotions. Becoming more emotionally aware is one of the best ways to really take care of yourself as a woman.

Learning how to BE in your body and knowing the difference between being in your body and being in your head is crucially important for women. Yes, men too, however, women have very busy minds. We really need to keep our mind chatter in check.

Also, women’s bodies were designed for pleasure. Now that is another story, you creating more pleasure in your life and in our body, but for now, know that BEING in your body is freeing. It’s a place of peace. You gain access to great inner wisdom.

So, you might be asking…. gosh how the heck do I get into my body! Well, that is a journey. A lifelong journey of really knowing what taking care of yourself means. And most of us just didn’t learn how to do that from our role models as we were growing up. Especially not how to take care of ourselves emotionally.

That’s why I have created my online educational programs. They give you, as a woman, the much-needed education and inspiration to learn how to slow down and tap into your feminine wisdom. Things like knowing how to manage your emotions, speak your truth and have a healthy fulfilling sex life.

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I’m Anna-Thea, an author and Certified Divine Feminine Educator. If you’re ready to learn more check out my online courses.

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