No one likes being sick.
You feel awful. You might be throwing up, having diarrhea, or both. It could be accompanied by a headache, fever, or both.
However, there are some benefits when you’re down for the count.
You’re forced to slow down.
When you’re on the go constantly, being sick forces you to slow down. You don’t have a choice. And that’s a good thing. We all need to do a better job of slowing down, so when we’re sick we’re reminded of that.
Instead of feeling rushed and overwhelmed, we need to stop and take a break. That break can have different looks, but it needs to center around not going in a bunch of directions at once.
"You can move one step in 20 directions or 20 steps in one direction."
I like the above saying, because it’s a great reminder that when we have too much going on at once we don’t get anywhere. We’re lucky if we’re able to tread water.
When we’re sick, we are forced to go in one direction and that’s staying in bed.
Your body does a natural cleanse.
When you’re sick, your body does a cleanse all on its own. Think about it. You usually get rid of everything that was in your body one way or another, you don’t feel like eating, and you only drink water so you don’t dehydrate.
It’s great, because you don’t spend money on the newest cleanse fad out there. Being sick does it for you.
Then you get a fresh start on changing your eating habits. You start to slowly add back what you can handle and it’s a good time to add in only what is beneficial for you.
You get much needed sleep.
Many times when you’re sick you sleep. A lot. And that’s exactly what your body needs. Often being sick is our body’s way of telling you that you’ve run out of steam. You’re done. Finished.
Again, this is a positive, because when you’re run down you can’t function effectively. Getting more sleep gives you a chance to get caught back up and you can then work on being more consistent. Your body needs 7–8 hours of sleep each night. Start adhering to it.
You appreciate being healthy.
You have a deeper appreciation for being healthy. It makes you want to make changes for the better, because you feel pretty much handcuffed when you’re sick. You can’t do anything, because you don’t feel like it.
It’s time to stop taking health for granted. Sure, there are times when you’re going to get sick. It’s inevitable. But, there are steps everyone can take to lessen the duration, intensity, and length of illness.
It’s basic common sense: eat whole foods, drink water, get the proper amount of sleep, exercise, and engage in healthy relationships.
Being sick sucks.
Yes, being sick sucks big time. We all hate it, but we can choose to take a different approach to it. We can choose to see the benefits.
(And yes, I wrote this on the heels of being sick.)
**This article first appeared on Medium.
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