I’ve been turning down a lot of invitations lately to hang out and to go out and do things because the events just start too late in the evening for me.
Downtime for me starts around 6pm. I’m in my jammies and I’m chilling out before I have to head to bed. I’m in bed by 8pm and it’s lights out by 9pm.
On days that I work till 7pm, I come home, eat dinner, and go to bed. No joke. I don’t stay up and watch TV or chill on the couch doing something. I just can’t or I’ll pay for it the next day.
So evening events aren’t something that fits in my schedule at the moment.
I’m missing out on fun but right now it’s necessary. I need to take care of me. My main focus right now is to do what I need to do to get ahead of this Hashi’s and kick it to the curb.
That means that my diet and routine have to be tight and kept in check. These are two main things that I can control in order to help my body heal. Yeah, there are other things I’m doing like supplements and what not, but making sure I get plenty of rest and eat well are at the top.
Exercise is also at the top of the list because I feel better mentally and physically when I move.
But that also comes with balance. If I’m feeling run down or fatigued, I need to take the time to rest because pushing myself too hard isn’t going to be of benefit.
Right now I’m being very selfish with my time and energy. I need to be. It’s going to be this way for quite some time. Yeah that means that I’m going to miss out on some things right now but it also means that I’ll be here longer and have a chance to do more things.
When you’re dealing with an autoimmune condition, or any other condition that has you down, it’s OK to rest. It’s OK to be selfish and think about your needs because if you don’t, then it’s going to be that much harder to get better.
Be selfish, take care of you!
Andie is a certified holistic health coach who lives, works, and plays in Northern Colorado. By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.