I did a couple preventative things and decided since I would be keeping my daughter home from school tomorrow anyway, we would just sleep in. My blog could be posted a little later if it meant giving my body a chance to be better rested and fight whatever this is.
But my body didn't listen. Not only did I not sleep in, it woke me an hour early. I lay there doing my breathing practice, refusing to exert the energy to get up even though I was wide awake. As my normal time to wake up rolled around, however, I decided maybe it was better to write and then try to rest some more before my daughter wakes.
I often talk about listening to my body, but what do we do when the body isn't cooperating? If I can't get sleep, the next best thing is rest, I suppose. But I can also give it the right foods and fluids to help it fight off whatever bug is invading. Garlic, foods with vitamin c and d, and lots of water are among my short list of soldiers.
Mentality goes a long way too. Reaffirming to myself that my immune system is strong and capable may seem silly but our thoughts play a large role in how our body responds.
Last but not least, laughter. Yep, you have heard that "laughter is the best medicine" but there is good science behind laughter. First and foremost it increases your oxygen intake and oxygenated cells are healthier cells. Second it releases endorphins so you feel better and when you feel better, your body responds better to doing its job.
The body isn't so different from work. It is full of employees doing their different jobs to keep the body up and running efficiently. The happier and well cared for they are, the better they work. Don't be the boss that drills and overlords, be the one bringing breakfast and throwing team building parties.
I'm grateful to do my best to treat my "employees" well even when they aren't reacting the way I had hoped. I'm grateful to trust that if my body is awake it is because there was some task that needed accomplished to help get back to health. I'm grateful to listen but also to give a helping hand. I'm grateful to know how important nutrition is to health. I'm grateful to find reasons to laugh and to try to keep my mood positive. I'm grateful for the beautiful, intricate systems of the body that are designed to work together and heal itself.
What is your body telling you? Are you and your body on the same page about what it needs today? How can you support it? How can you be the best "boss"?
May today remind us the intelligence of our bodies. May we do what is best to help our body stay in balance and in health. Have a beautiful day!