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When Your Body Yells STOP … Listen!

by | Aug 24, 2018 |

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I’m ill. I don’t feel up to doing anything. My brain hurts when I force it to think. Truth be told, right now, I don’t even want to be writing this column.
Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE writing for America Out Loud and spreading a bit of inspiration where I can, but today, all I want to do is curl up under a blanket and go to sleep.
Except that five minutes later I’ll be boiling hot again and needing to kick that same blanket off my aching body.
I’ve had to clear my schedule for the latter half of this week. I don’t do that. Not ever.
And maybe that’s the problem!
I’ve been working crazy hours these past few months, hardly taking a day off and definitely not getting enough sleep. My wife and I both have. 
So, it shouldn’t have been a huge surprise to realise that our immune systems were a bit below par.
Nor should it have been a surprise when my wife came down with some kind of stomach ‘flu.
And it shouldn’t have been a surprise when I caught it either.
Except it was. Because I was busy. Too busy. So busy I didn’t even take much notice when I started to feel ‘a bit under the weather’. I just carried on, because there was stuff to do… and because I’d over-committed myself.
I didn’t stop until I had to. I didn’t stop until a giant, viral fist punched me in the gut, then grabbed me around the throat and then put my head into a vice.
The result? Sore throat. Aching limbs. Headache. Low mood. Fatigue. And a fear of moving too far away from the smallest room in our house.
Sorry for the graphics, but please, please do take note. Sometimes we need to stop. Sometimes we need to listen to our bodies and slow down. Sometimes we need to remember that we are not robots.
I should’ve slowed down when I first noticed how tired I was feeling, or when I noticed I was feeling a bit grouchy and intolerant, or when I first started to get that familiar scratchy throat sensation.
I should have taken a dose of my own medicine before I needed to ACTUALLY take medicine.
Honestly… I warn people about doing too much all the time. Physician, heal thyself!
This time it’s just a bug but, if we insist on working ourselves into the ground – no matter how much we love our work – it could end up being far, far worse. 
My pal Martin ‘The Warrior’ Warrillow (look him up!) lectures all over the UK about the importance of living a stress-free life, after a major stroke bowled him over in the middle of a busy street. He was at the height of his career as a journalist back then and, as someone who also used to be a journo, I can tell you that stress is part of the job – we used to wear it like a badge of honour! Same went for drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Cigarettes used to go with the stereotype too.
Martin fell down just inches from a moving double decker bus and, even in the heat of the moment, he was so in work mode his first thought was saving his MacBook from the tyres! 
When we overwork ourselves, when we accept high levels of stress as the norm, all kinds of horrid things start to happen to the ‘earth suits’ we wear. They might look fine on the outside, but inside they’ll be horribly out of balance. 
And that’s why we need to pay attention. That’s why we need to spot the signs and stop when our body tells us to. Got it? Good!
Okay, lovely readers, that’s it for this week. It’s short and sweet, but I hope it delivers an important message.
Please don’t ignore the pebbles and end up being hit by a boulder. Nothing – NOTHING – is worth more than your health.
Until next time (and I’ll be back to fighting fit by then),
#UnleashYourAwesome,
Taz
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