You Are In a Relationship with Your Body
Relationships work best when we respect one another, and respect is an action. Listening to your body when it says it needs something and giving it and what it asks for – such as rest and we relaxation when it’s tired, water when it’s thirsty, nutritious food when it’s hungry, and pampering all the time – are behaviors that demonstrate respect.
It’s not enough to say you love your body, then abuse it. Forcing yourself to stay awake past your body’s bedtime is not a respectable act, particularly if it’s done on a regular basis. Stuffing yourself with more food when your body says “I’ve had enough” is not a good thing either.
The relationship between you and your body will improve when you take responsibility for your actions. It’s easy to use your past or your environment or even your feelings as excuses for not taking care of yourself, but to have and maintain good health, you must take responsibility for what you have done and continue to do to your body.
What excuses are you making?
Who are you blaming for the condition your body is in? How can you start taking responsibility now?
Taking responsibility begins with gathering information. Read up on health matters in your favorite magazines. Most have a column or a regular department addressing health issues. Go to the library, look on the Internet, and ask questions of healthcare professionals. Gather information about your body. When was the last time you had a regular physical? Do you know what’s going on with your body?
Are you confused about which medical exams/screenings you should have and when? While identifying which exams you need can be overwhelming and frightening, it’s worth the effort. Ask your doctor which tests are appropriate for someone of your gender, race, and age. They may even be specific test given for people who live in certain geographical regions. Look into it.
The Internet is a wonderful resource. The more you know, the more you can help yourself. This is an important step and taking care of your health. Here’s a short alphabetical list of screenings you might want to consider: AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, blood pressure, bone density measurement, breast exam, cholesterol, fecal occult blood test, glucose, hearing, mammogram, Pap smear, problem – drinking assessment, thyroid stimulating hormone measurement, and vision. Find out which ones you need and take them.
Be proactive. Find out now. If there is a probably needs to be addressed, take care of it immediately. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
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