In truth, this whole process of “healing” has been a frustrating bag of headaches, nausea, severe exhaustion and body chills. Once again, super good times had by all. I am not gonna lie, having to suck it up and deal with three different antibiotics, painkillers, and bland food has made me quite cranky. At first I fought back and tried to pretend like I didn’t feel like crap. That lasted about a day. You know that something is up when I crawl under the covers by 630pm and wake up 12 hours later!
So, last week I gave in and admitted temporary defeat. I had a very important wedding on Thursday, so I locked myself in my house Mon-Wends and took care of myself (shocker!!). I cooked myself some soup. I finally read the books that had been collecting dust in my office. I gave in and caught up on the shows that were filling up my DVR.
I let myself heal.
I allowed myself to say “I need to rest”.
And guess what? The world did not fall apart. My friends understood. My husband picked up the ball and helped with meals and the house.
Some things that filled up my days (besides naps. glorious, glorious naps.):
- Books! Ugh. I have been so bad at giving myself permission to sit down and read, yet as a writer I need to absorb myself with words and stories. Having the time to catch up on my reading was soul satisfyingly good. No Facebook. No social media. Just good old fashioned hardbound books. The books below I have been devouring. LOVING. I couldn’t recommend them more.
- Elizabeth Gilbert:Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
- Brene Brown:Rising Strong
- Noelle Hancock: My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir
- Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
What do you do when you have to hibernate at home? I still have two more days on sick leave, so help a sister out and share you lazy day goodness. xo