February seems to have been a month of ‘Bugs’ – nearly everyone I know has been struggling to throw off winter coughs and colds, or worse.
And I had one myself. It kept getting better – or so I thought, then came back again. Eventually I retired from the yo-yo game of “Good, today I’m better, I’ll just get on with ‘x’, go to a meeting, and then dash off and do ‘y’.”
Each time, the bug returned with a vengeance. So I became a lady of leisure for several days, resting and looking after myself, and withdrew from the world.
This raises some questions:
We get messages that we MUST be posting things all the time on social media, we MUST be doing ‘This’ and ‘That’ for the ‘Other’ result.
Yes, sometimes that is true.
And no, at times it is more important to care for yourself and put your own well being first. Ultimately you will recover faster and return with more energy and focus.
Otherwise you can end up having enforced time off where you have more time than you want to do things, but no energy to do so.
Where does the pressure come from?
Where does all this pressure come from to keep going in spite of being unwell?
To not give our bodies the chance to repair and recuperate in the short-term and avoid long-term consequences of more serious illness?
It may seem something trivial today. You might feel some sort of hero or martyr to the cause to be keeping going no matter what. But there are costs – both health and financial, and they can lie in wait and jump out when you least expect them.
Pay into your ‘Health Account’ now
So pay into your “Health Account” now, don’t get overdrawn. Take a Pause or Interval in your play, and do something to help you get well or keep well. Treat yourself to something, like a massage. What is your favourite treat?
What do you think, do you agree?
And what is one small thing you can do today to put your health and well-being at the top of your list?
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