Wow wee! I woke up this morning with a major head cold. My sinuses are inflamed and I’m sneezing like crazy. To boot, it’s freezing outside and it’s snowing!! What a great way to wake up on a Saturday! Oy!
In spite of how I am feeling, and how terribly cold and snowy it is outside, I am rather mellow. I’m sitting in a big comfy chair with a box of kleenex by my side. I’m sipping cups of ginger tea with honey and am looking forward to a warm bowl of soup for lunch. It’s going to be one of those days of resting and recouping.
In our fast paced world it’s hard to sit still. Deadlines need to be made, houses need cleaned, clothes need washed, groceries need bought, children need meals and attended to. Paperwork needs sorted, phone calls need answered, schedules need to be followed. On and on the list goes.
The mind and body are in a constant swirl of activity and it’s hard to just take “time out”. If we’re not in a constant state of busy, we can feel guilty about resting or even think we are being lazy. When we have a cold, I believe this is our body crying out for some rest. It needs time to play catch up and heal. It needs time to recover and rid itself of the virus invading the body.
Why then should we put so much pressure on ourselves? When was the last time you turned your cellphone off and unplugged from the world around you? When was the last time you relaxed, and I mean really relaxed? I know some meditate, some pray, some do yoga or go to the spa but when was the last time your mind and body were in complete rest.
Rest means to “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength”.
One can be in a physical state of rest, but their mind is going a mile a minute. When was the last time you felt tranquil, serene, relaxed, calm, placid?
If it’s been a long time since you’ve been in that state of serenity, then you deserve to give yourself permission to do so. Some people call this a “time out” or “me time”. It doesn’t have to be long, but it should be something that becomes part of your lifestyle as well. Feeling stressed out, anxious just leads to being short-tempered, irritable, unfocused, and erratic.
Whether you’re feeling under the weather like me, or just stressed by the demands of life. Remember you owe it to yourself to take care of you. Incorporating some deep breathing exercises may help calm your mind and relax you.
As I type this, my husband is in the kitchen working hard. He’s unloaded the dishwasher, reloaded it, washed the pots and now is scrubbing the kitchen sinks. I feel grateful for his kindness and helping hand, and no I don’t feel guilty. (even though I felt the urge to rush in and take over, but I stopped myself. You see it’s an ongoing choice we need to make for our own benefit) This in turn will enhance our relations with others as we will be able to cope better and not be short-tempered or irritable.
Go ahead! Take some “me time”! Rest, Refresh and Reboot your body!