Listening to Your Body

This weekend, I was really looking forward to a fun, busy weekend in SF. I had lots of fun plans with people I hadn’t seen in a little while and even had tickets for a pub crawl. On Friday afternoon and evening I started to realize that I wasn’t really feeling 100%, but I thought it would pass. But the next morning when I woke up and got in the shower, I felt so horrible that I ended up getting right back into bed, wet hair and all. I had a killer headache, was super weak and had a handful of other issues. As I lay on my bed, I started thinking about how I was going to pull it together in time to go to brunch with everyone. But as I felt worse and worse, I knew that I just couldn’t go. I knew that if I went, then by the time I got all ready and got to my destination, I would just have to come right back home. So I made the decision to listen to my body. I knew that I had a busy work week coming and that I needed to be feeling all better.

Even though I felt sick, I didn't wan't to face the truth!

But even though I knew what I should do, it really was not what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to miss my fun plans nor did I want to let everyone down! But as I sat there, I tried to really think about the smart, logical decision and what would be best for me in the long run. Often I am swayed by my desire to please others but it sometimes means that I don’t consider how I’m feeling enough. One time, I was so determined to make my friend’s performance, that although I had one of my worst migraines ever, I made myself go… and ended up in the hospital that night. Due to past experiences, I think I’m able to look back and remember that sometimes it is just not worth it. Yes, I hate to let people down but I have to put my health first and hope that they will understand.

So instead of having the fun-filled weekend that I planned (and having an exciting recap for you) I spent most of this weekend on the couch. But I’m happy to report that I’m finally feeling better! I know that I made the right decision and now I can hopefully tackle my busy week, sickness free.

Questions:

-Do you listen to your body when it’s telling you something?

-How was your weekend?

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6 thoughts on “Listening to Your Body

  1. I totally agree with you on the listening to your body thing. You never want to cancel plans or let people down or miss out on things, but you’re so much happier when you do what you need! I think it’s supposed to warm up again so this upcoming weekend you can have a blast! 🙂

  2. Oh goodness, this post definitely resonates with me. I have the tendency to push myself until I’m exhausted–even when I’m sick. Like you, I don’t want to let people down, and when I’ve made a commitment to something, I sure as heck will be there! 🙂 However I’m slowly learning that it’s SO important to listen to my body. Saying no and allowing myself to recover means that I’ll be rested and revitalized much sooner than if I continue to deny my body’s cues!

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, Emily! Here’s to many fun *healthy* weekends in the near future!

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