Currently, I'm on day 6 or 7 of being sick with the flu. Which seems like a DECADE when all you can do is sleep, eat soup, and watch tv.
Okay, that sounds fun at first, but only for like the first 2 days. After that it's just depressing not being productive, or going to the gym, or doing anything else I like to do.
However, I do feel very grateful for this brief season of a slower pace, rest, and putting ourselves first. I think it's important to reframe the situation and choose a perspective that feels empowering rather than victimizing.
Anytime I get sick, I always look at it as a sign from my body that I need rest, and a little extra self care. I take off work, let go of some responsibilities, and I turn inward to ask myself what I need.
Sickness could also be a sign of renewal and release. For me, I started feeling sick on the new moon in December and has continued right through the New Year. So there's a sense of a new start on the planet.
Just like the Earth, our bodies have their own way of clearing itself. Rain, thunder and wind storms could be unpleasant to endure, but on the other side of them is a feeling of a fresh slate. It's the same feeling you get after you just deep cleaned the house; like our environment has been swept, mopped, and cleaned out by Mother Nature.
Humans are part of nature and our bodies also need clearing every now and then. Sometimes it's cyclical clearing, and other times its on an as-needed basis. And I guess, my household needed this bodily, energetic clearing that we're all getting.
Natural remedies for the flu (aka how I've been dealing with it.)
Tea... soo much tea
Camu camu capsules for extra vitamin C
Lots of water
Canned and home made soups
Binge-watching movies, and not feeling guilty about it
Lots of cuddling, including pets!
Only eating when my body wants food
Using the extra time I have to plan and brainstorm
Taking medicine only when I feel like I need it, but if I can manage without it I don't.
Allowing myself the time to heal instead of "powering through"
Just being patient with myself
Being grateful for this flu because I believe everything has a greater purpose!
I can't wait to be on the other side of this clearing. I'm really looking forward to bouncing back and using this new energy to work on my own projects. But for now, I'm going to stay grateful, and give my body the rest and extra love it's asking for during this tine.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and here's to our health!