What the flu can teach you and new year’s resolutions

Well, I have been taken out for the last week by the flu. Note the sickness and the “crazy eyes” as Maciej puts it below LOL.

As I mentioned in my previous post, a 7-year-old from the army of children engaged in biological warfare on me when she coughed on me. I have been living on a variety of smoothies because they are an easy and quick way for my body to get the nutrients it needs to fight this flu bug. A couple favourites include: a) All Natural Cough Remedy Smoothie; b) Classic Strawberry and Banana Smoothie; and c) Classic Green Monster Smoothie.

This holiday has been a tough one. On the one hand, I am trying to celebrate and on the other, I just need to sleep!

We often get caught in this dichotomy, particularly during the holiday season. When is it okay to say “no” and really put yourself first? I am guilty of this which I blame as to why this illness has been so prolonged. A few years ago, towards the end of my undergraduate degree, I remember listening to a Byron Katie podcast or YouTube video and she said something along the lines of letting the body be sick so it can fight it rather than trying to fight the sick and making your body too tired to fight it. At that point I had an essay due but I was not feeling well. Instead of pushing through that essay that night, I went to sleep and let my body feel sick. I did not fight it. I woke up strong and wrote the essay in a matter of hours that morning. I cannot say I was as wise this time around.

This being said, part of my New Year’s resolution will be looking after myself. I have started doing it now and the effects have been astounding (including, weight loss, and the reduction of physical anxiety symptoms – I sound like an infomercial!). Some of the actions I have taken include time for daily exercise (shout out to my good friend P who has been doing Jillian Michaels with me – until I got sick as well as my dad for bringing me the treadmill), time for things I enjoy (like writing on the blog and reading books that I enjoy with a cup of herbal tea on my special chair) and telling people “no”. I have learned within the mess of wedding planning, you have to say “no” to so many things *sigh*. But when you do it establishes better boundaries and in reality, it is your life you are living. If we have one shot at this, then say “no” to anything that conflicts with your values without any regrets. Trust me, it feels great!

What about you? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? Do you not believe in them? Comment below!

Cheers to welcoming 2018 with open hearts and minds. I have a feeling this one is going to be a memorable one!

Steph

 

 

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