For most of June and July, I struggled with a stubborn cold – fever, migraines, headaches, coughs, sore throat, runny nose – the whole spectrum of symptoms presented themselves day after day. I would get a little better and then collapse back into bed again.
The first week, I welcomed being in bed and being taken care of.
The second week, I tried to do some exercise and nearly fainted. But I was restless for something to do. So I started cleaning the apartment and putting DVDs in alphabetical order.
The third week, I was annoyed and frustrated. I felt I had neglected my blog. Emails were piling up from readers and friends. I had not even started work on my ebook. I had time, but no energy. I tried to write but pushing myself became counterproductive and I got a worse headache.
The fourth week, I gave up fighting. I finally understood the message I should have known, and have learnt many times: the body was tired, weak, and required rejuvenation.
I had to take a break. So I did. Not begrudgingly, but with open arms.
I slept, and slept, and slept. I read a book here and there, or tried to work on my jigsaw puzzle. But mostly I slept – and made sure I ate healthy.
The break was not only for my body, but also for my mind. I made myself stop thinking about the next blog post, about the chapter I had to write, and about all the emails I had to respond to.
Take a break. Take care of yourself.
Do you need to take a rest?