I spent the majority of last month sick with a cold — or perhaps more than one cold, or even something more severe than just a simple “cold.” Regardless of what ailed me, I’m only just recently breathing easier and feeling less fatigued, congested, and ill. It took a lot of effort and patience on my part. I drank plenty of tea and herbal infusions, ate soups and chili, dressed comfortably, and attempted to rest as much as possible. I found myself wishing I could simply make the leap to my master plans sooner rather than later, but I know that’s unrealistic and ill-advised at this point. I’ve needed to exercise a lot of patience with regards to my current circumstances. Let’s reiterate once again that patience isn’t one of my virtues. I wait with a great level of anxiety, which serves to weaken my immunity.
Let’s list ways in which I can serve my immune system better and promote healing:
- Practice good posture
- Drink plenty of fluids, even when faced with adversity to my water breaks
- Sleep instead of doing [insert silly activity that can wait until after a decent night’s sleep]
- Make healthy, healing food at home instead of grabbing cheap, overly-salted, overly-processed food on work days
- Write out my thoughts, dreams, daily lists
- Practice meditation
- Practice yoga
- Exercise (walking, belly dancing, etc.)
I know this. I know all of these things. Why is it that I seemingly ignore these basic practices during times when I need to practice them more than normal? I must cultivate my ability to promote self-healing. I must cultivate patience.