Last Updated on April 15, 2024

Being kind to yourself when sick

Last Monday afternoon, the power came back on, after being off for 28 hours.

Our electric company had shut it off to prevent wildfires.

All our perishable food had perished.

So I drove over to the grocery store — during a solar eclipse — to restock our fridge.

By the time I got back, I was feeling sick.

It was COVID.

That night while I slept, I woke up every few minutes in a pool of sweat, my body aching all over.

But then something curious happened.

Gratitude

Each time I woke up, I immediately noticed how terrible I felt.

And then I said to myself, “Thank you body!”

“Thank you for this fever, which I know is my body’s way of fighting off the virus.”

“Thank you for this coughing and sneezing, my body’s way to try to expel the virus.”

And so on.

I had so much gratitude for my immune system working to keep me healthy.

Seeing the Positive Intention

I haven’t always been this way.

My usual thing is to whine and complain about being sick.

And honestly, I’ve done a fair amount of complaining this week too.

But I’ve also been able to see that my body is not my enemy.

My body is my friend.

My body is just trying to keep me safe.

Every time your body aches, sweats, coughs, sneezes, gives you any uncomfortable sensation or emotion whatsoever, it’s just trying to help.

So why be mad at it?

This week has been miserable.

But because I’ve been able to be kind to myself when sick, it’s also somehow been OK too.

There’s something healing about love.

Stay healthy out there!

Take care,
~Duff