That's what I've been doing for the past few days. This past weekend found me sniffing a bit & thinking to myself, "Hm... I think I'm getting a cold."
Despite my body trying to warn me, I went along my business & didn't consistently do anything to boost my immune system. Apparently I'm a little slow sometimes... o_O
So Monday morning found me stuffy & sicky feeling & Tuesday found me full blown sick, with a congested head & sneezing my ass off. I have seriously never sneezed so much in my life. Good grief.
Since Tuesday, I've been doing all the things I should have been doing at the first inkling I was getting a cold... Lots of tea... my vitamins... some Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules... lots & lots of water & the occasional cup of cocoa. ^-^ Good, hearty, healthy food.
Why do I always wait until I'm actually sick to take care of myself? I forget when I'm fine & don't make it a priority. There's always so much else to do, errands to run, dishes to wash, etc...
So one of the things I'm trying to do as of now is to take better care of myself. To make sure I get enough sleep. To get exercise. To eat good, nutritious food that I cook myself, not that I buy pre-made at the store. And for the love of all that's good, no more fast food... I've been so sick the past two or three times I ate fast food, that this hasn't been an issue. At all. And I'm happier for it. ^-^
This also goes hand in hand with making time for myself. I have a tendency to feel guilty if I'm doing things I enjoy, because surely there's something else I could better do with my time. I know this isn't true, but I know a lot of people (mostly women) who feel this way. It's something that I'm working on too.
One big thing I'm doing for myself this year is taking part in SouLodge. I have another post entirely about this, which I feverishly started writing earlier in the month. I'd completely forgotten about that post until now...
But with SouLodge, I am allowing myself to take time for myself. I am learning to listen to that little voice inside me, that grows louder & more sure each time I acknowledge that she's there & that she's ME.
So hopefully next time my body tries to tell me something, I'll listen & pay attention.
But until then, I'm battling a cold & sipping mint cocoa. ^-^
I'm feeling better today than I did yesterday, so I'm hopeful that by this weekend I'll be just peachy keen.
Oh... and another thing I've decided to do this year is request the holidays I work off. I want very much this year to celebrate the Wheel in its entirety. Maybe one day I'll be able to do that on days I work, but since I usually don't do anything celebratory on days I work, I'm just going to ask for them off. Then I'll have my whole day to do what I feel needs doing.
It's very important to me to begin celebrating my Holy Days in the ways that I want to. I don't usually go for elaborate anything, but I'd really like to be able to cook a meal for Britt & I to enjoy together. To spend some time outside or blog or journal or draw, paint, sing, dance, whatever I feel like doing to celebrate. ^-^
Well then, on the note of taking care of myself, I'm off to finish my cocoa & head to bed. I've spent most of the last two days in bed, which was good, but now that I'm starting to feel a bit better I'm wanting to stay up all night... which wouldn't be a problem, except I have errands to run in the morning before I go to work tomorrow evening.
So off to bed. Goodnight & sweet dreams to all of us.