First. don’t fight it.
I know that can be hard to do. My first instinct when I feel that peculiar itch at the back of my throat, is to scream at the heavens, “Dear God! Please no!” It seems there is never a convenient time for illness.
February, at least in this wintery northern hemisphere, is prime time for colds and flus and bodily breakdown of every kind.
I have a cold. Last February I had the flu (I made sure to get my shot this year!). The February before that I am almost positive I had bronchitis, though it might have been the February before that.
Sickness is as much a part of February as ice and snow and that particularly lovely late-date light that tells us spring is so much nearer than we realize.
Second, do what you have to do. But only what you have to do.
For me, today, that means writing. My laptop is buried under a flurry of snowy kleenex. But for me, today, that does not mean exercise. I love my daily walk, but it’s the first thing I let go of when I’m sick.
Some days are for pushing through. Doing more. Accomplishing a few things that weren’t even on your list. Sick days are not those days. Sick days are for less. For letting go. For realizing just how little is absolutely required of you.
It can be such sweet relief to realize the world does not actually rest entirely on your own shoulders.
Three, treat yourself.
Sick days were the original self-care days. Sickness is sometimes our body’s way of slowing us down. We need regular rest. Regular quiet. Regular lulls in productivity and creativity.
This blog has such a grandiose name: “Cultivating Glory.” But I hope it’s apparent by now that we cultivate glory in the most ordinary ways. And in February, nothing is more ordinary than a virus.
Can something so humble, and so awfully inconvenient as a virus also be a seed we can choose to plant?
If so, here are a few of the things helping me do the work of rest this day:
A little boost for the immune system.
A favorite old television show (because my eyes hurt too much for reading!).
I’d love to know. How do you care for yourself on a sick day?