As hard as I tried to avoid it, my husband’s icky cold finally took a hold of me this morning after I taught my 9am class. It wiped me out completely, and I was down for the count right after lunch. I try not to do this when the kids are with me, but I asked for quiet time and groggily fell into bed for a nap. When I woke up, I still felt worn out, so I reluctantly cancelled my spot in my coveted weekly Crossfit Rowing class. I just L-O-V-E this class, so making this sacrifice killed me. It’s my “push” class. You know, the one that pushes you beyond the limit you usually set for yourself. But exhaustion won the fight.
Getting sick brings to light how important balance is. As much as I think I might be balancing out family, work, activity, sleep, and friends, getting sick is a wake-up call telling me something is awry. Time to reevaluate. And rebalance.
So what’s my get-balanced game plan?
1. Go on a hydration rampage. My favorite drink when I get sick? Orange Echinacea tea. And water with any sort of citrus squeezed into it. Are 6 cups of tea too much in a day?
2. Amp up the veggies and bring on the miso soup. This was lunch. Romaine wraps with turkey, tomato, shredded carrots, homemade mayo and avocado, of course. Avocado makes everything better. These are messy in the best way possible, and packed with vitamins. Miso soup for dinner, followed by more Orange Echinacea tea, mango, coconut and cashews.
3. Sleep. This is a tough one for lots of us, right? I’m making a promise to myself: no guilty pleasure TV to keep me up past my bedtime. For a few days. We’ll see how that goes. (What am I going to do while I fold laundry?)
4. Wash hands. Then do it again. Even when I don’t think I need to, I’m gonna wash my hands. Maybe if I had practiced this last week, my nose wouldn’t be dripping all over the place today.
5. Fit in some fun between finishing the taxes and teaching. This is the quilt I’m currently working on. This counts as family time and relaxation time since my daughter and I are designing it together for her room. I love the little birdie in the tree! And the red house is my favorite.
How will you find balance this week?