When I think of February I think of love. On February 14, many will celebrate love by doing something special for the one they love and adore. Most have no problem showing their love and affection to others, but not themselves. When you live with chronic pain, it is hard to love ourselves, especially our bodies. Our bodies will be with us forever, don’t they deserve to be loved too? Before you answer by saying that you could love your body if it wouldn’t cause you so much pain, think about this: Do you think your body likes hurting? I can’t for one minute think that my body likes the constant increase and decrease of swelling muscles and joints. I doubt my body thinks it is thrilling to see if I can keep my balance or not drop a jar on my feet when my arm, hand, legs, or feet go numb.
Hating our bodies allows us to hang on to the anger and bitterness that we have towards our conditions. I refuse to give my conditions that much control over my life and is why I have decided to challenge myself and you to show our bodies some love this February. Do something to give your body comfort or joy. It could be as simple as taking a nap when your body is exhausted. Another idea is to show your love by slathering on a new lotion. Take this month to listen to your body. Does it need more rest? Could it use a massage?
I will be posting how I have expressed my love for my body each day throughout February on Facebook. My challenge for you is to do at least one thing to express love for your body this month. How will you tell your body that you love it?
Wishing you a month filled with gentle hugs!