I’m usually not one to slow down and take it easy. I get up early, ready to go, with the only thought of “I need to do everything”. While this is a positive mindset to have, it doesn’t allow me to take time to myself. Every time I spend the day in bed, or watching tv, or running mindless errands I can’t enjoy it because it feels like I am wasting a day. I like to live life to the fullest, and that is hard to do in bed.
This past weekend I was super sick, and therefore forced to do the thing that I hate: nothing. I spent the whole weekend in bed, because I was too weak to stand. On the one day when I couldn’t take it anymore, I tried to go for a walk, and it didn’t last long. I was forced to recognize that I couldn’t push through this one.In the moment I was so upset because I was on vacation in Whistler, and it was my last weekend before school started. I’ve been sick for exactly a week now and while it sucks to be sick, I’m kind of glad it happened. I was forced to relax (and I got to snuggle with a cat all day), something that I have not done all summer. I felt myself getting sick a few times this summer, but they never stuck because my body was too stressed. I needed to relax in order to be healthy again.
So I guess that the moral of the story is to let yourself have a day in bed every once in a while. It won’t kill you, and it may keep the doctor away. Physical health is important but mental health is too.