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When Your Body Feels Like A Burden


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Think of your body as a plant

that needs water

and sunlight on a daily basis.

Or as a baby who needs her milk.

Think of your body as a squirrel

who needs her nuts, acorns and berries.

None are bad

for needing care.

None are lacking

willpower

resolve

discipline

or dedication

for needing nourishment.

They just are. They just do.

Think of your hunger pains

as clues

into a primal, vital need.

A need you can answer.

A need you can provide.

Think of exhaustion

as a sign

to slow down,

to check in

to get curious

to explore how rest feels.

Think of not being able

to mimic that yoga pose

that ab routine, that lunge

not as a failure

a weakness

or a lack

but

as an opportunity

to see what really feels good

to try something new

to experiment

to take a deep breath

and stretch.

Think of the tension

settling in your bones

as an invitation

to explore ease.

Think of any supposed limitations

any supposed flaws

as potential lessons

waiting to be plucked

as stories awaiting revision.

Think of whatever need

your body currently has

not as a burden

but as an opportunity

to listen,

to judge less

and to learn more.

When Your Body Feels Like A Burden


Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at PsychCentral.com. She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.


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Tartakovsky, M. (2014). When Your Body Feels Like A Burden. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 22, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2014/03/when-your-body-feels-like-a-burden/

 

Last updated: 6 Mar 2014
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