Coming off my BlogJam high I went into work on Monday.
It came and went with it’s usual routine.
Then Tuesday. Tuesday I woke up and felt like a slug. Dragged my butt into work and made it through the day.
What time did I get to bed? 8:35pm.
Like a BOSS.
Needless to say I was laid out Wednesday and Thursday with sinus pressure and total grossness. No physical activity was had last week.
|The cats were checking in on me constantly.|
Time to re-evaluate…
So, because I have a mental illness, there are times that my immune system is not at it’s best. I mean, depression and anxiety = long term stress. So the days leading up to my first speaking engagement, they were some super stressful days. Exciting stress, but stress all the same.
As I took care of myself those two days I was at home I started to think of my food, hydration, meditation and wondered if I needed something else to bolster my immune system so that I would not be as easy to infect.
I decided to go back on a multivitamin. A women’s multivitamin, because let’s face it, I am over 40 😉
Now I know what some people think.
You need to sweat that shit out. Sweat out those germs.
Putting extra stress on my already weakened immune system? Sorry, not an option.
I learned a looooooong time ago, when TeenThing was a wee one, that pushing through being sick is not always a good thing.
When she was just over a year old, I ended up in the hospital for a week. My body was in shut down mode. They had no idea what was wrong with me. To this day, there is still no explanation as to what was wrong. I was jaundiced, fatigued, and I hurt. I was in isolation for the first few days. They took 6 vials of blood every morning. I saw so many different doctors and they wanted biopsies, yuck (which did not happen – yay). Finally, I just started to feel better and was able to go home (in a raging snowstorm, but taxis were out and I was NOT staying in there any longer than I had to!).
Lesson: My life, my body, my child, are the most important things. When you are sick, rest dammit.
|And hey, getting better means apple picking baby!|
I’ve said it before, self care ROCKS. Not only mental self care, but physical self care as well. Being a person is hard these days. We need to remember that just because the world is going a gazillion km per hour doesn’t mean WE have to keep that pace.
So if you are sick, take care of yourself. We have sick days for a reason. Not using them is not going to win you any brownie points. Same with exercise/training. Taking a couple of days to rest is not going to set you back so far that you will suffer any major setback.
Then go and kick some ass.