Last Wednesday I began to feel somewhat tired with a sore throat. I hadn’t been sick all winter, and knew that I was due for something. I see a lot of children, all who lately seemed to be dripping, sneezing, or coughing over me and my office. My work schedule had been grueling and there had been multiple special meetings of my regulatory board due to vexing issues. I went home early on Wednesday, tried to pace myself at work on Thursday and Friday, and then got hit with the full effects of a nasty respiratory virus on Saturday. I was home all day from work on Monday. I made it to work on Tuesday, but just barely. Every day I woke up and thought “Well, it should be getting better now”, and it seemed to be worse instead of letting up. I have been doing nothing except playing solitaire and napping since Saturday.
I so very rarely get sick that I view episodes like the one I am dealing with now to be a sign from the universe that I need to take better care of myself. To that end I decided that I am not taking my laptop with me to Los Angeles this week. I usually travel with it just in case I have to do some work for my regulatory board. I figure the world of regulation will do just fine without me for four days. I will not check my work email while I am gone, either. My coworkers will do just fine without me until I get back. It is time to slow down,
What are signs to you that you need to slow down? How do you “do” self care?