If you follow me online you’ll know that I like to blog a couple of times a week and post a few updates on social media. I am usually not one of those to shy away from posting mundane insights in to my life online. But this time I didn’t. I think I was ashamed about the fact that I was sick.
Since the end of October, I’ve been a lot quieter than usual. And that’s because I’ve been quite unwell with subacute thyroiditis. I’ve been at home on bed rest for the last 4 weeks, only leaving the apartment for regular blood tests and trips to the specialist down in Innsbruck.
I like to think of myself as this adventurous girl, out exploring the world. Joking about being superwoman, and multi-tasking my way through life. Going from that to being completely unable to do anything was agony for me. Being stuck at home, I felt so lonely and isolated. But I kept it quiet from social media because I didn’t want to be seen as being weak. I started worry about how people would perceive me.
But I realise that this is crazy. None of us are superhuman. We all get sick. And so often it’s because we’re trying to do so much, and we don’t give ourselves the time our bodies need every now and then to rest and recuperate.
Now I’m still not out of the woods yet, but I am starting to feel like myself again. I’m starting to feel ready to conquer the world again. But I also know that every now and then I need to give myself a break. I need to take a day off and just do absolutely nothing.
And to all of the amazing women I know (because so often we are the worst at putting ourselves first). My wonderful female entrepreneur friends who I know sometimes find it hard to switch off from their businesses. And my brides-to-be who are planning their destination weddings around their busy working lives. Be kind to yourselves. There are very few things that can’t wait until tomorrow. Take some time today for YOU. To do absolutely nothing!