If you don’t look after yourself who will?

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.

cartoon pink bug in blog post If you don't look after yourself who will March 2015 Key Steps coaching.com

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.

In bed with a fever cartoon in blog post If you don't look after yourself, who will? March 2015 Key Steps Coaching.comHas this happened to you as well?

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

 

Pause on theatre curtains in blog post If you don't look after yourself who will? March 2015 Key Steps Coaching.com“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”  William Shakespeare

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?

wellness candles massage image in blog post March 2015 If you don't look after yourself who will? www.KeyStepsCoaching.comIf you don’t look after yourself who will?

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?

©Jenny Cooper 2015 All rights reserved

 

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