5 Things to Remember When You’re Sick

Permission to be sick

I’m sick.

That means I’ve been quiet around the blog this week, and I’m not as caught up on grading as I would like to be. I’m thankful that I’m in between editing projects right now, because I wouldn’t want to keep any clients waiting! Since I’m a perfectionist, I always feel like a failure when I’m unable to do something that others are expecting from me.

I’m tired of feeling like a failure, especially for things that aren’t my fault. That’s why I’m giving my guilt a kick in the rear and gently telling myself the following truths.

1. When you’re sick, the most important thing to accomplish is getting better.

Were you planning to get all the laundry done and edit three chapters today? Don’t feel like a failure if you took a nap and ate soup instead. It’s a readjusted goal list, true, but you can still check off your efforts toward getting better as an achievement.

2. Other people get sick, too.

People get sick. You’re not the only one who has to take time to heal, so quit wasting energy on thinking you’re a terrible person for succumbing to germs.

3. The more you fight rest, the longer it takes to get better.

If you keep working and stressing, you’re not truly resting and getting better. Give in to doing relaxing things; the sooner you do, the sooner you’ll be back up and at it.

4. You’ll do better work once you’re healthy.

Being sick and tired wears you out and cuts your ability to think clearly. You’ll work more efficiently and turn out better results if you wait until you’re feeling better.

5. Sick time is an opportunity.

I may not be able to grade and edit this week, but I’ve definitely been able to read and do a little bit of writing. Consider your sick day an opportunity to get things done: the things that will refresh and recharge you.

When you’re sick, logging out of your email account and pulling the covers back over your head might be the best thing you can do for yourself. You’re not letting anyone down–in fact, you’re doing everyone a favor by getting yourself back on track as soon as possible.

So there you have it–give yourself permission to be sick, and try not to forget the fresh oranges. Both will do you a world of good.

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