I’m taking a break from my wild spring break* to bring you a Public Service Announcement on the importance of rest. (*By “wild spring break,” I mean “sitting sick on the couch”). You may recall that I mentioned being sick last week, but that I was “almost 100%” on Friday. Well, almost 100% quickly plummeted to about 40%.
The problem? I never actually gave myself time to rest. I “let” myself cancel plans last Thursday, but other than that, and a brief stint on the couch on Wednesday afternoon, I was doing daily workouts, doing presentations, working on my dissertation, and being social. I was trying to “fake it ’til I made it,” but that advice, while sage at times, blew up in my face in this case.
I blame my Pitta dosha. The idea of resting sounds truly awful. Even the concept of “relaxing” makes me tense up a little bit.
Skip a workout? Not hustle to my office/coffee shop and produce another round of dissertation chapter revisions? Not go meet my friends for spring break drinks at the bar?
I wasn’t having it. So I did all that stuff anyway, sickness be damned.
And here I am today, a full week after I first noticed a sore throat, feeling almost as bad as I felt that first day. :(
But I’m taking it easy for real today. Didn’t go to my sculpt class (sigh). Didn’t go the coffee shop. Just hanging out with bad TV, and tending to non-dissertation related work (so that I don’t have to expend too much brain energy either). It’s the pits, but I have a feeling I’ll thank myself tomorrow.
I know being sick can be especially challenging for those of us with ED pasts. Not being able to exercise, and craving less-than-ideal food (think more oats, less greens), can be kind of triggering. So I’m trying super hard to remember one of the most important lessons from yoga: everything is temporary. (I have to blog this out loud a lot, don’t I? Kind of a method of accountability, I guess). I say this to my yoga students every class, but, admittedly, I don’t always remember it myself. Sometimes we’re stuck in situations that feel so all-encompassingly awful it’s hard to believe that the light at the end of the tunnel exists. That goes for physical illness, heartache, overwhelming work projects, etc.
But for the sake of practicing what I preach, I’m going to acknowledge and embrace these germs, make peace with them, and kindly invite them to be on their way whenever they’re ready. In the meantime, I will remind myself that health is near and also maybe try to explore what getting sick might mean beyond the contraction of germs. Did my body just really need a break and knew getting sick was the only way I’d take it? Am I starting to manifest stress about my school and work as physical illness? (Doesn’t take a therapist or alternative healer to figure out that those things might be contributing to this nonsense, eh?)
So, here’s hoping I’ll be back on Friday in full health!
How do you cope with being sick? Any favorite food or holistic remedy that you use to fight a bad cold? (Srsly, please share, I want to know all the things!)