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On Rest and Recovery

Photo by Tammy Strobel

I avoided the flu all winter, and last week it caught up with me. The good news is that I’m finally feeling better. Yesterday was a good day. I ate very well, felt less foggy, and felt more like myself. Today, I feel even better. I woke up with a little more energy and the motivation to get back to work. Also, after barely eating for seven days, I’m looking forward to eating all of the food in my refrigerator and gaining back the six pounds I lost.

A few lessons emerged from my experience with the flu.

1. I’m getting better at setting work boundaries. I canceled all my meetings and didn’t work while I was sick. This is a huge victory for me. In the past, I would have tried to push through my illness. As I get older, I’ve realized it’s better to rest and recover, rather than push, push, and push because resting helps me recover faster.

2. And speaking of pushing, I didn’t go to the gym while I was ill, and I probably won’t start CrossFitting until next week. I miss training, but I’m not willing to push my body too hard or fast (especially after being so ill). First, I need to start eating real food so I have the energy to work out. Also, over the next few days, I’m going to take a short walks and bike rides and gauge how my body feels. With luck, I’ll be ready to CrossFit next week (maybe sooner). I miss my coaches and gym buddies!

3. Writing gratitude lists is part of my daily life and focusing on gratitude is even more important when I’m ill. If I have too much time to think, my mind focuses on negative stories. Focusing on gratitude counteracts negativity. For example, I’m grateful for Logan, my sweet cats, and my doctor. They did a great job of taking care of me over the last eight days.

In other news:

~Registration for Write to Flourish is open! I’ll be teaching the next session in May. Details here.

~Have you purchased a copy of my new interactive journal—Everyday Adventures: Tiny Quests to Spark Your Creative Life? It’s available in print and PDF versions. You can see photos of the journal here.

~If you purchased Everyday Adventures, THANK YOU! Also, I have a favor to ask. Would you consider rating my journal on Amazon? Readers rely heavily on reviews before purchasing a new product, so the more reviews, the better!

With gratitude,

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  • Anne George April 20, 2017, 5:44 pm

    Hi Tammy:)
    Always interested in another journal. Do you think you could post some pictures of some of the inside pages?

    • Tammy Strobel April 21, 2017, 7:47 am

      Hi Anne, I actually posted photos already. You can find those over here. Have a good day.

  • Chris April 20, 2017, 9:00 pm

    A flu doesn’t usually last that long. Perhaps it was something else. Glad you’re on the mend though.

    • Tammy Strobel April 21, 2017, 10:13 am

      Hi Chris, I had a had stomach flu/virus. On average, this kind of virus will run it’s course in 3-4 days. But it can last up to 10 days (depending on the severity). My doc is running additional tests to make sure I’m okay. So far the results have been good. Plus, I’m feeling so much better. Thanks for reading!

  • Melanie April 21, 2017, 9:53 am

    Glad you are feeling better. As someone who drives myself and learning to let go of this pattern, I appreciated your blog and role modelling not working when sick. I am home sick with the flu and struggling to let go of all the work that I am not getting done and not feeling guilty for taking time to rest. Some day this will not be such a struggle for me.

    • Tammy Strobel April 21, 2017, 10:06 am

      Thanks Melanie! I hope you feel better soon. I’d encourage you to rest. From personal experience I know this is easier said than done, but rest is worth it. Sending you healing vibes.