Day 54 ~ 177 Days of Unexpected Health Project

Feeling A Little Health Sick

I pride myself on my above average immune system. I eat lots of antioxidant foods (vitamin C and I are good friends), drink lots of water, and always get my 7 to 8 hours of sleep. But today, on this dreary Monday morning, I woke up a little under the weather. I wouldn’t say I’m actually sick, but I definitely didn’t start the week fully charged with energy. But as I thought a bit about why I might be feeling a little less than optimal, I diagnosed myself with a little Unexpected Health…in being sick.

Being sick allows us to take care of ourselves. We sleep a little more, rest a little more; we drink a little more tea, and eat a little less junk food. But the unexpected health that creates the perfect medicine is that sickness allows us to create our own health…and becoming the healers of our own bodies is healthy.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Healer, Heal Thyself.” Well, this is not just meant for those with an MD at the end of their names. We are all healers in our own way, in our own lives. When our bodies react–to exhaustion, to a virus, to an allergy–we are given the opportunity to do a little investigative self-reporting. Today, as I woke up feeling a little less healthFUL, I immediately began the journey toward discovering what my body might be telling me. What I discovered is that I may have an allergy to my new bed pillows.

But I would never have discovered this health tidbit if I had not been forced to pay attention. As I have stated time and time again, we are busy little bees. It is easy to ‘check out:’ out of our bodies, out of our minds, out of our internal knowing. Being under the weather or downright sick gives us permission to ‘dig in’ to ourselves; to find out what makes us healthy and what makes us sick. Of course, not all remedies can come from within; that’s why doctors are also so valuable. But there are times that if we pay just a little more attention to ourselves, we can find out what’s going on. So the next time you are unwell, consider it your wellness opportunity to get to know YOU a little more. You never know what factors might be making you sick in life…and what remedies might make you well. -Until tomorrow, Jaime

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