About eight years into my recovery from Binge-Eating Disorder and about three years since I started calling myself “completely recovered”, I find it all too easy to take for granted the things I’ve learned, the people who have helped me, and the person I was, am, and will be. So, today, as yesterday and the day before, I want to take a moment to mention something for which I’m grateful:
Day 3 – I’m grateful for my health.
As I type this entry, I’m drinking hot tea to soothe a sore throat and just took some medicine to get rid of the aches associated with a head cold. So, am I 100% healthy today? No. But I’m still grateful for (and marvel at) my body’s ability to swing into action and fight off most illnesses in a reasonable amount of time. I’ve come to the conclusion that health can be as much a state of mind as it is a state of being. Sure, I’d rather be at home in bed than sitting in my office with a 10 hour day ahead of me. However, I’m here and there’s something wonderful about that.
If we take a “one day at a time” attitude, it’s easier — even for those of us with chronic physical or mental illness — to appreciate the small positives. Maybe it’s “I feel less anxious today than yesterday” or “My body is doing what it can to fight off this illness” or “I’m listening to my body’s needs”. Whatever you’re able to say to yourself, take time to appreciate your health and honor your body’s needs.