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 Every Body is Some Body Special – To the Self, Then to Others. 

Take care of your body, It’s the only one you’ve got.

For when you do,  It’ ll take care of you, too!

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“Take care of your BODY.  It’s the only place you have to live.”     – Jim Rohn.

 

Survival vs Expectations

 Adequate food, water, shelter, sleep, comfort, and protection are vital for survival.  Most people reading this have come to expect much more than the basics to survive.  So much more!  This is, after all, The Age of Technology.  An automobile or phone malfunction, can send one into a cardiac arrest!? One must have it, and it must work!  One’s life depends on it.  But wait,  From a Wellness Perspective: is it one’s life, or one’s livelihood, or both, ….. or, neither?

Every body is somebody special – to the self, then to others:

The body needs proper care.  Basic survival needs must be met, of course, but today our minds are tuned to expect more.  How much more, depends on the person.  When most or all persons come to expect the same thing, it becomes a normal expectation.  Of course we all know that what is a basic or normal expectation in one part of the world is very different in another part.  Addressing this  From a Wellness Perspective: is important.

When one begins to expect more, and it becomes a norm, then, the brain often recognizes it as a necessity.  It is then habit or a way of life.  Variety being the “spice of life”, those who can spice it up a bit, do.  Then the various “spices” become a norm, because they are common place.  However, this becomes a problem, when the difference between what the body needs and what the body wants is way off balance.   From a Wellness Perspective: that something, then, is not a healthy thing.  Since everyone has it, does it, or uses it, and its normal, its problem is often undetected, until the adverse health issues, become noticeable.  (Confusing?  Read it again and it will make sense.)

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Setting Limits with Moderation

If one sets limits, restrictions and boundaries on one’s own self, it keeps one in check, as well as in control of one’s own life.  Another or others, don’t have to step in, as much – or at all.  Moderation is the key word here. 

From a Wellness Perspective:   Anything in moderation can either be a minor  achievement, or a small mistakeEither in access can be a major detriment.  Most anything can be corrected or fixed in today’s world.  The issue is:  how much fixing is necessary, and how much of it, can be fixed naturally?  Good rule of thumb: If the problem can be fixed by the body, or with the help of a natural remedy, the problem is moderate.   (The side effects would also be nominal).  When the remedy required is perhaps normal (based on the standards of the day), but not natural (produced by the body, or of nature), the remedy (or fix) is excessive.  (beyond moderate)  Excessive remedies produce excessive side effects.

Often, those remedies are sort after as the only alternative to perishing.  When one is in pain or discomfort, the now factor becomes relevant, and quick relief seems wonderful, for obvious but unfortunate reasons. 

Normal vs. Natural

Something that is natural is not always normal, and something that is normal, does not have to be natural. While natural is something that is “of nature”, normal is anything that is “common practice”, and popular with the people of the time – (purely based on human consideration).  Actually, what was natural yesterday is natural today also.  One can and has altered nature, and the alterations thus, make something less natural.Wellness10

“Organic” is now the popular term used to distinguish some naturally grown foods, from others that are not.  From a Wellness Perspective: seeking what’s natural, over what’s normal, is a good choice.

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Water

Clean water, and lots of it, keeps the body hydrated.  Washing it out with water, works simply, and effectively for most ailments – Fever included!  Most of our bodies consist of water, Well over 50% in men, women, and children.  The percentages vary with age, gender and fitness level, so keeping our water percentage at a natural level is vital.  From a Wellness Perspective:  a good rule of thumb is to drink an amount of water (in ounces), that is half of one’s body weight (in pounds) throughout the day, every day.  Thanks to our natural ability to extract rather than absorb larger amounts of water, a little extra is better than a little less.

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Sleep

Ever since “Work hard, play hard, sleep when you die” & “Take a licking but keep on ticking” became The Norm, Wellness became less and less natural, and more and more difficult.  Sleep is vital for the human body!  While children require more of it than adults, and the exact amount for each adult will vary, an average adult requires anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep – Some nights, more and some nights less, than others.  From a Wellness Perspective:  less than 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis, is a definite cause for poor health.  Also, an adult regularly requiring more than 9 hours of sleep, would also be a wellness concern.

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Comfort

There are some basic comforts that one requires to be well.  Today one has come to take many of these comforts for granted, like safety, shelter and a suitable climate, for example.  Due to modern technology, convenience is becoming more and more a (requirement) comfort factor, than a luxury factorFrom a Wellness Perspective:  a reasonable amount of comfort is required to be well.  However, when “one person’s comfort is a collective discomfort”, the comfort is unreasonable – or selfish

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Exercise

The body requires a good stretch, much movement, and cardio-vascular work out to keep fit.  Depending on one’s age, one must get enough exercise to keep the body well.  This is usually either ignored, or taken to the extreme.  From a Wellness Perspective:  Enough and moderation are important here, also.  While swimming is an excellent form of exercise for mostly all body types, age will otherwise be a good consideration on the choice of exercise.  A child will require more exercise, and benefit from a good run for fun.  A young adult would benefit from a healthy routine, involving rigorous movement like aerobics and working with weights.  As one gets older, depending on the body (individual), usually at around 45-60 years, one can slow down the pace a bit, and replace rigor with calm. (A good stretch, Yoga – basic or advanced), regular morning or evening walks, and the like, will keep the body in good working condition.  A good rule of thumb would be to choose an exercise that gets one panting when young, and breathing deeply, when older. Regular exercise, on a daily basis, in moderation, works wonders!

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Fresh Air

Clean air is becoming a rare commodity today.  However, it is a bare necessity.   From a Wellness Perspective: Feeding the lungs with a good dose of oxygen – taking a few deep breaths, though out the day, is extremely beneficial.  This is one basic and simple natural remedy that can help in many situations (excellent during anxiety, stress, and depression), and is sadly underestimated for its healing strength and potency.  Again: Try it before you buy it!     

Simplicity, Consistency, and Moderation are Easy & Inexpensive Wellness Tips. 

The alternative to simplicity, consistency, and moderation: becomes a very costly affair, but peculiarly a popular choice today.  Health care prices soar, and insurance rates go up, also.  Being able to afford good health care, would mean affording medical insurance, which is usually provided by the employer.  One thing leads to another, and before one knows it, one is “living to work”, rather than “working to live”.  Hanging on to one’s job for dear life, for the sake of insurance, is not uncommon.  A better cost efficient option, a workable, doable option, is quite simple.  Unpopular, but simple!  Simply avoid what would obviously make you sick, and unwell.  It is not as difficult or complicated as the “New Norm” would have one believe.  The new norm, and popular choice is often the root of the problem.  From a Wellness Perspective: If one’s job, is what is making one sick, sticking with sick, only makes one even more sick.  It is not one’s only option, but it is, unfortunately, the most popular one.  When neglecting one’s body becomes a norm, neglect becomes acceptable and wide spread.  Before long one gets caught up in a vicious circle of neglect, that makes absolutely no sense, and is down right unhealthy!  

Self Control

Keeping things simple, moderate and consistent, requires determination and Self control.  From a Wellness Perspective: the right amount of self control, helps one become a master of one’s own body. 

Freedom of Choice:  

Wellness from self control, or illness from neglect are all choices that an adult can make for oneself in the free world.  From a Wellness Perspective: Neglecting your body is a form of self abuse, unless it is for a worthy cause, and one’s martyrdom is beneficial to the world at large.  For Example …..

When Abuse is Put to Good Use:

“Swaraj (freedom) is my birth-right, and I shall have it”, said Mahatma Gandhi – the epitome of a self controlled man.  He sacrificed his health (his wellness), to the point of abuse.  An abuse to the self that produced freedom for a nation.  A valuable lesson of selflessness for the world.  A self abuse, put to such good use, can Well be considered:  WELL Worthy Exception!

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