This past Saturday morning was the first time in probably close to 5 years that I have woken up shaky, lethargic, hypoglycemic. It wasn’t too bad but it was a marked difference from how I normally wake up (usually on my own, with enntirely WAY too much energy – definitely a morning person here!).
I made some whole grain toast with Peanut Butter and topped it with bananas. I was still a little shaky after, so I had a little pack of fruit snacks (I know, I know they are terrible but these are lesser-evil ones!), and then I was okay. I decided that morning that other than going for our morning coffee with my husband, that the rest of the day was gonna be low key and healing. I easily put off my to-do list, and spent the rest of the day in a cozy recliner, with my cozy blanket, my water, my Shakeology, and things I could do from there.
I read some personal development, I took some notes, I did some organization of my files and my phone contents, and other little things that didn’t take any energy and wouldn’t set me back. And I was proud of myself that I didn’t push to get back to doing my lengthy to-do list once the shaking stopped. The former me would have insisted, but I have really grown when it comes to knowing when enough is enough and when to just LISTEN to my body. So I did, I spent the rest of the day being still and quiet, so I could get any messages my body might be trying to send me. And I was better off for it, as I felt much better after a day of low-keyness.
Like everyone else, I sometimes fall victim to thinking that my to-do list/obligations take precedence over my body and its needs. But the truth is, as hard as we work them, we need to allow them to rest and recover.
The best gift you can give to yourself is the blessing to allow yourself to rest and do nothing.