Finding A Healthy Perspective

by Connie

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It happens to the best of us. 

I’m pretty sure it’s happened to you, too, at one time or another.

One day, you’re running here and running there, merrily going about your busy schedule, minding your own business when Bam!

Out of the blue… it happens.

Your throat tightens up, just a teeny-tiny bit.  Or, your head begins feeling fuzzy and a size or two larger.  Maybe you feel like you’re in energy-saver mode, functioning at half your normal speed.

Right about the time you notice the first physical sensations you begin telling yourself fibs; hoping to convince your body and mind that all systems are ‘Go!’

  • I’m not getting ill; my throat’s sore because I was talking so much.
  • I must have eaten something that didn’t agree with me, because my head feels funny and my stomach isn’t right.  I’m not getting sick.
  • I’m fuzzy-headed, because I didn’t sleep well last night; not because I’m coming down with something. 

You try to persuade your body with the mantra, ‘Everything’s all right, everything is just fine.’  After all, you’re too busy to be under the weather.

The truth of the matter is that sometimes we all over-do it.  We tax our bodies beyond capacity, hoping we won’t have to pay the piper.

At times we may be successful, but other times the bill comes due.

Our bodies let us know when they need a break, to repair, refresh and renew, if we pay attention and listen to them.

Who’s Letting Who Down? 

I’m human and I’ll admit that I’ve certainly tried to out-run and out-think ‘a bug’, here or there, in my Life. 

There have been times my positive mental attitude has successfully conquered a potential cold or flu from growing to fruition. 

Other times I’ve pushed my body and immune system beyond its limits and had to surrender to the greater needs of both.

After a recent ten-day marathon of non-stop civic, volunteer and late night social engagements, my body recently sent up signal flares to let me know it was time to slow down. 

An upper respiratory thing, accompanied by a fever, decided to pay me a visit.

I had plenty of time to review the weeks leading up to me becoming ‘un-well’ and easily made a mental note of when I could have:

  • gotten more sleep;
  • stayed away from the desserts at a few of the dinners; and
  • declined an invitation at the first signs of feeling run-down. 

But, I didn’t.

Human nature being what it is, I felt I could meet the demands of our amped-up schedules and come out just fine, on the other side. 

Becoming un-well is a humbling experience and one that quickly puts things in perspective for me.  Do you feel that way, too?

Learning to Listen and Gaining Perspective

I’ve learned to tune-in and pay closer attention to the needs of my body, over the years. 

That doesn’t mean I listen perfectly, evidence being the bug that’s been bugging me, these past two weeks. 

When I notice signs of a dis-ease trying to take root, I no longer try to out run the imbalance in my system. 

Instead, I listen to my body and try my best to give it exactly what it needs.

Oscar Holmolka, an actor whose career spanned 50 years, once said:     

‘To really enjoy the better things in life, you must have experienced the things they are better than.’ 

This philosophy can be applied to your health and wellness, as well.

I’m grateful and appreciative of how strong and healthy my body usually is.  This makes me want to take better care of it; especially when it needs more patience, gentleness and attention from me.  

When I was younger, I used to get really frustrated and angry at my body when I was getting, as some say, ‘sick’.  I felt frustrated and disappointed that my body was letting me down, by wimping out.

Now, on the few occasions that my body succumbs to a cold, flu or the like, I feel as if I’ve let my body down.  I want to protect, nurture and take incredibly good care of my physical body.

The change in perspective comes from feeling blessed and thankful for all that my physicality has endured and overcome, in my Life.

After all, if you don’t take great care of your body, where, exactly, are you planning on living?

What do you do, to enhance your wellness, when you’re feeling run down?  How do you nurture yourself back to full health?  Please share your comments and suggestions, using the form, below.

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sylvia October 18, 2010 at 8:38 am

Thanks for the reminder to slow down and listen to our bodies. It’s easy to forget that we have control over our schedules – even when we think we don’t. Next time my throat feels scratchy, maybe I’ll actually consider canceling an appointment – now that would be progress!

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Connie October 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

It’s seems counter-intuitive, but we always seem to put ourselves last on the list. I try to remember the airline directions, to always put your oxygen mask on first. You have to help yourself before you can begin to help others.

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Connie December 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Sylvia,

Sometimes our self-care comes down to, ‘Pay me now, or pay me later.’

Canceling an appointment sooner, so you can rest and be assured that you’ll feel better, later, is a Life Lesson that takes some of us longer to learn, than others. It comes down to making an investment. It’s about investing in you, your health and the health of those around you.

Once you choose to make the investment, the returns are bountiful.

Connie

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Krystyna Domagala November 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I’m positive that I’ve said this before, but its worth mentioning again. If you don’t take time for yourself, you won’t be able to give as much as you could have. Its important to let yourself be sick once you start feeling it. Not just so that you can rest up and get over it ASAP, but because denying it isn’t going to make you better any quicker. Focusing on what your body needs, and preventing yourself from getting sicker is the best way to go.

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