I've spent the last two days in bed resting, getting over a stuffy head, runny nose and, ok I'll say it, a cold.
Just saying that brings up feelings of confusion and disappointment in myself. I mean, I look after myself! How could this happen?
In reality, it does happen. And it's not fun when it does. I had a wonderful long weekend swimming at Natural bridge, Broken Head and well, everywhere your mother would ordinarily tell you not to swim because "it's too cold and you'll get sick!"
Well, she was right.
As someone who can't sit still for two minutes without feeling the need to accomplish something, sitting in bed blowing my nose and trying to alleviate a cottonball head has been a HUGE challenge!
In addition to that, I like to think I am some kind of superwoman, an impeccably healthy being who shoots vibrancy-enhancing goodness out of her eyeballs and never ever gets sick.
How wrong this belief is!
I guess this goes to show that no one is invincible.
At least in bed I've had time to slow down, answer dozens of emails, do my tax return, write up a 12-week healthy eating program for Mums, and write a few articles (I wish I was kidding).
Seriously though, sometimes we need nature to hit us hard on the head to realise that we need to slow down.
Take the challenge: slow down
If you find yourself in a similar situation, I suggest heeding the stop sign and giving yourself time to rest and recover.
Look after yourself using these 10 tips, and keep smiling :)
* Loads of green juice, green slushies, green smoothies, green ANYTHING (kale mash anyone?!) to boost antioxidant and organic hydration levels
* Vitamin B6
* Big cups of hot herbal teas - caffiene-free chai and ginger-lemon have been my favourites!
* Thieves essential oil - a potent mixture of lemon, rosemary, cloves and cinnamon that obliterates sore throats
* Garlic and onion overload - another reason it's a good thing I've been staying home!
* Epsom salt baths to restore magnesium levels
* Sunlight, fresh air
* Once you start feeling better, handstands, headstands and other yoga inversions, ideally outdoors! Start to move the body so you don't end up stiff and sorer than necessary.
Thank goodness I know what to do to get myself back to a healthy state in 2-3 days rather than 7-10 days!
I'm feeling much better already, and it's been a whopping two days since symptoms began. (So I'm enjoying the rest while I can!)
And that's a relief because we have quite a few demonstrations, workshops and a retreat coming up in the next 2 weeks:
Fast & Healthy Snacks demo (Nerang, Oct 8)
Natural Nutrition Workshop (West Burleigh, Oct 9)
Palasis' Mexican Wholefoods @ Miami Marketta (Oct 12)
1-Day Spring Detox Retreat (Maudsland, Oct 14) - all spaces filled, waiting list available
Raw Dessert Workshop (Robina lululemon athletica, Oct 15)
So to all the other supermen and superwomen out there, I say: keep the above ingredients on hand, take time to slow down, and pay (some) attention to your mum's voice in the back of your head when faced with the question of diving into that inviting yet very VERY cold freshwater pond!
On a final note, due to annual leave and overseas work, I'll be away from the Burleigh clinic from early December until mid-February. I'm available for skype consultations in that time but I'd like to look after you as best as I can before I leave. So if you've been meaning to come in and see me, now is the time!
Kale mash, cartwheels and tangelos,