I’ve gotten sick a lot in this past year. A lot for me at least! I usually get the once-per-year nasty cold, but I’d say I’ve now gotten hit 3-4 times during this last school year alone.
I tend to come down with something right at the end of a crazy stressful period. To me, it’s a sign I need to slow down and take care of myself better. That I’ve been pushing a little too hard and my immune system took a hit.
||This meta-analysis over 30 years of studies showed that brief natural stressors (like tests) suppress cellular immunity but not humoral immunity. Once the stressor becomes chronic, both cellular and humoral immunity are effected.||
Right now would be one of those times I’m sick. It happens right after the school year, so it makes sense. It was pretty busy at the end there. I also then went straight to LA, and then immediately came back to move houses and start Yoga Teacher Training.
I know I need down time. I know my body needs lots of rest, relaxation and healthy movement and food to counterbalance the busyness of life. And yet I continuously put those things at the bottom of my priority list because other things sound more FUN. Because it makes me feel “lame” that I probably need a night in bed with a book over a party with friends, or some hot tea and yoga instead of late wine-fueled nights.
But it’s not FUN to be sick, either! My body constantly reminds me. Our bodies are pretty smart! We should listen to them more:)
- Do you ever ignore your body’s signals?
- How do you take care of yourself during very stressful times?