Self care

I had so many plans for today. However just as I was getting my morning started I got really cold. I mean my feet were ice cold. So I turned the a/c up to 75 and was still ice cold so I thought I will just crawl under the covers for a bit and the get started on my day. Two hours later I was still cold and a bit achy. Not to mention quite disappointed that I didn’t feel good enough to work on any of the projects I had planned for the day. Finally by 12:15 I gave in and called the YW to let them know I wouldn’t be teaching today, I just couldn’t fathom getting in the pool as cold as I was. I curled back up with every blanket I could find, closed my eyes and said a little prayer. Two and a half hours later I woke up thirsty and hungry. I was still a bit achy but no longer ice cold.

So many people I know don’t listen to their body and push on when they really need to take a step back and let their body rest and heal. For as long as I can remember when I get over tired I run a low grade fever. If I stop and rest it usually passes very quickly. When I don’t listen and keep pressing on I end up sick for weeks.

No project or deadline is more important than your health. Listen to your body and heed its warnings. You can always pick back up tomorrow.


Author, Artist, Swim Instructor and 10+ year survivor of uterine cancer. Shannon has love of all things purple and teal, most greens, paisley and elephants.

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