On Scheduling Rest
On Tuesday, I wrote about finding balance. Today, I’m revisiting the topic because I’ve been battling a cold. Over the years, I’ve experienced more severe colds, but I still feel foggy and unproductive. For example, I didn’t get up until 8 am on Wednesday and that’s unusual for me. Normally, I wake up at 4.30 or 5 am, and I'm at the gym by 6 or 7 am. On Wednesday, I didn’t feel awake(ish) until late morning, and that was after drinking two big cups of coffee and a journaling session.
I use Kyle Gray's Angel Prayers Oracle Cards as journaling prompts, and weirdly, I drew the same oracle card three days in a row—a card that’s called BALANCE.
Below is Gray’s expanded interpretation of the card:
“The Angels know how busy you are and that you like to do as much as you can. They are here to guide you to balance out your life because they know how tired and drained you feel trying to complete all of the tasks you have set for yourself. It’s important for you to know what balance is an how much you can do without over-exerting yourself in any way. You have the ability to balance out your home, work, family and social life so that you can feel strong, healthy and empowered.”
After I drew the BALANCE card—yet again—I made the following notes in my journal:
I can’t believe I drew BALANCE again; three days in a row! What are the odds of that; especially after shuffling the deck? The message—to create a schedule—is coming through loud and clear. Part of my new schedule will include NOT working when I’m ill. Whether it’s the flu or a minor cold, rest is essential. I know this intuitively, yet it’s so hard for me to put into practice. It seems like I need to relearn this lesson over and over again.
In addition to making rest a priority, I'm writing myself a permission slip to cancel plans and activities until I’m 100% better. Hopefully—with plenty of sleep and downtime—this cold will be gone in a few days.