Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday musings: rest

"Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest."
- Ashleigh Brilliant

Last Thursday I started feeling a terrible headache. Thursday is my longest day as I co-teach an evening class at the university from 7-10 pm... and last Thursday I was scheduled to lead the class. I'm not sure if my headache was a result of hunger and eye fatigue or both, as I tend to not eat very well on my teaching days. And then I had to drive about 45 minutes home - so on Thursday nights, I usually get home around 11 pm. By that time, I had already taken four 200 mg Advils over the course of the day, which is highly unusual for me as it is already unusual for me to even take one.

I don't know what it is, but somehow it takes much longer for me to recover from fatigue nowadays. Gone are my Energizer bunny twenty-something days... and when Friday rolled around, I still had my headache. I could not even stand to look at my computer, or any screen for that matter. Ugh. There goes one entire day of work. (Well, at least my blog post went up, as I had scheduled it earlier in the week to publish automatically on Friday. But then my blog isn't really work, but recreation...)

So I ended up laying down and resting. And then I started feeling guilty. I don't know what's worse, stressing out while working and feeling sick, or stressing out about not working. So I tried my best to push guilty thoughts aside.  I rested. I did nothing. I even took a nap, which never happens on a weekday.

The next day, I felt much better. I needed it. I can't continue running on empty.

So this week I am hoping to regain my work momentum, and check things off my to-do list.

And tomorrow morning, I am going to see an optometrist. I'm hoping I don't need corrective lenses...

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Dianne Khu said...

Gosh, you and I are the same: "And then I started feeling guilty. I don't know what's worse, stressing out while working and feeling sick, or stressing out about not working". So true! Then your mind doesn't get the rest it needs. It's like insomnia (do you still have it? I remember back in high school you had trouble sleeping) - the more you think about not sleeping, you panic and look at the clock, making your insomnia much worse! Ha, they're probably not the same, but I can definitely relate. We need a break.

Mia said...

Dianne: MISMO! I stress out, so I can't sleep, and then I stress out about the fact that I can't sleep. Argh!

Oh my goodness - you remember that I had insomnia in high school?! Yes, insomnia still strikes me now... though some days are better than others. Yoga has helped me a lot but there are times when I overthink and then toss and turn at night. So frustrating!

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