Today’s episode is a little bit different. I’ve actually been hesitant to publish it because I don’t love being sick, and I don’t love talking about being sick. However, because I’ve spent several months and years dealing with illness–and I’ve learned some things that have made a difference, I thought I would share!
I truly believe that the time we are sick can be a type of chrysalis–where we can grow and change for the better, even though it isn’t necessarily a pleasurable experience. I’m sending a huge hug if you are currently not feeling well–and I am personally prayerful that all of us can move forward with better health each day.
I encourage you to listen to this whole audio (push play above or listen on any podcast app), but if you only have the time/energy to skim, here you go!
(I actually wrote all of this when I was sick in bed because I wanted to make sure I had the right perspective and enough empathy for others who might be struggling.)
(1) Clear your plate. (Renegotiate projects, simplify routines, and cancel as much as you can so you don’t feel things weighing on you.)
(2) Have some fun downtime. (Movies, audiobooks, or just rest and don’t feel guilty about resting. A calm mind will help you recover.)
(3) Ponder questions that will impact you when you are feeling better. (What is most important to me? Where do I make the highest contribution? Where do people really need love? How can I be more mentally healthy? What am I afraid of? Why do I hold back in some areas? What have I not started that I need to start?)
(4) Learn skills that will serve you when you are healthy. (Read books regarding your profession or hobbies or that address your biggest pain points. Have a notebook where you can sketch ideas as they come to you. Watch video tutorials for cooking or drawing or decorating or healthy eating. Even if you can’t do them right now, you can expose your mind to new things. And you can cheer people on who ARE healthy—and celebrate the life they are living.)
(5) Express love—to your family, friends, social media contacts, etc.—through texts or messages.
(6) Draw closer to your higher power.
(7) Move forward on some goal that is exciting to you—as you are able. (I outline podcasts, work on classes I want to teach, do research, make a new sticker chart, and brainstorm other projects that feel exciting to me.)
(8) Develop compassion. Become the person that you appreciated when you were sick.
I know that being sick can feel incredibly difficult–especially if your illness lasts a long time or there isn’t a lot of hope that you’ll feel better. Please know that you are precious and valuable, even when you aren’t “doing” a lot.
Sending lots of love–and please share your suggestions in the Comments section, if you’ve discovered something that helps you feel a lift when you’re sick. Thank you for being a part of this community!
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