The other week I had obligation after obligation and my body had very little time to ever slow down, rest and rejuvenate. The end of the week was just around the corner, then wham! I got knocked down with the worst body aches, fever and headache, forcing me to cancel my 17-hour day packed full with work, a meeting and helping my friend move. I was devastated. Everyone told me I was going to be worn out and exhausted by the end of the week if I didn’t take time for myself, but I laughed, shrugged off those concerns and continued on never stopping until all of a sudden my body shut down on me.
So I rested, drank plenty of fluids, napped and relaxed for the rest of the day. To my surprise the next day I felt fine. What I thought was going to be a miserable illness seemed to have gotten better after I simply took time to care for myself and give my body the chance to restore, repair and rejuvenate.
This short period of downtime made me stop and recognize the importance of good health. I had been taking my emotional, physical and mental health for granted, acting as though I was invincible from the effects of stress and constant anxiety of scheduling every hour I was awake with obligations I made to others, even if it meant pushing back my bedtime, skipping meals and missing exercise.
Although it was forced upon me, I finally became mindful of my self-neglect. While I was sick I reflected on the importance of taking time to breath and learning to balance in self-care with obligations and responsibilities. If I want to continue to enjoy a fulfilled life I need to nurture my physical, emotional and mental health first, as do we all.