This is Jennifer’s body

Forgive me if I spooked you for a minute. For the rest of you, let me explain. Also, remember that this is a personal blog and series of journal notes on the life and times of, well, me. Now, those that did not know this, ‘Jennifer’s Body’ is the title of what was a horror movie a few years back. I saw it but perhaps due to my nerves of steel then, I did not at all find it spooky or remotely scary. Call me a purist, but I do not think they make horror movies the way they used to.

Anyway, I was thinking about what to write in this post. I was thinking along the lines of health but my brain was in a bit of a fog this morning. It could be the end of week stress, I’m not sure. But, stress or no stress, you may agree that at least I still have my sense of humour about me. Yes, I was thinking about my own health and thinking that it may be starting to resemble a bit of a horror story of its own, I mischievously came up with this title. Not really sure what prompted me to do this, but anyway, there you go.

Anyway, health-wise, it seems as though I have some catching up to do. And again, I refer to the irony of my personal and work life. While I am adept at dispensing good advice to my clients, informative health tips among them, I do not always take my own medicine, if you will. Nevertheless, glad to know that I can still fix this and get on with things. Here are just a few short personal reflections on the correlations between a healthy body and a healthy mind.

I have taught my clients this many times, but when the mind is in a negative flux, it affects the rest of the body. Sometimes, in severe instances, it can cause women (and men) to become quite ill. And generally, such manifestations affect each and every one of us in different ways. For instance, my stomach gets a bit jittery sometimes, while other women pick up migraines. Just recently, I managed to catch the flu.

I suspected that this may have had something to do with my recent increased stress levels, and in my nervous condition, I had not been keeping up regularly with my normal healthy eating and exercise regimes. So, my thought was that this impacted on my body’s immune system and it was unable to counter the chilblains that just happened to be in the air that I breathe. I think the worst is over, but I am having difficulty sleeping lately. Last night, I thought I’d hit the sack a lot earlier than I would normally, but ended up waking just after midnight.

What a disaster. And so I tossed and turned, and it took me quite a while to get back to sleep again. Now, this has to be a very serious lesson to myself. Jennifer, please look after your body, and your mind, it is the only one you have. So, when things like work pressures come knocking, just so long as I have been eating regularly and taking at least one daily walk, my body should be able to withstand these pressures.

The mind is resilient and is able to fight on. Sometimes, as is the case with me right now, life continues to throw curveballs at you, and so you just have to keep calm and carry on, as the saying goes. Am I making sense to you? Share your thoughts if you like.