I’ll spare you the details of my bout with the stomach flu last week (You’re welcome!), but I do want to share two things that I discovered:
- When you’re really busy and running around like a chicken with your head cut off and you fail to give yourself any downtime, your body will eventually intervene on your behalf… and then, instead of having a choice of when and how you stop to relax, your body will decide for you. So, you may as well go ahead and build in your down time proactively. 😉
- I often share with my husband the tools and tricks that have worked well with my clients during our evening chats about our day. Occasionally, he uses them “against me” when I least expect it. This particular time, as I was near hyperventilating from stomach pain and panicking about the wave of nausea I was experiencing, my wise husband touched my arm and softly repeated one of my tools to me: “It’s just a sensation.” And I realized – through a fever-tinged fog – that it works quite well!
In this case, I wasn’t miraculously healed from the stomach flu and its associated discomfort, but I did feel totally different about it – and myself. Suddenly, instead of being the flu, I was being me – with the flu.
It’s a subtle, but very important, distinction.