Feeling ill or in a low mood can set a tone for the day and make you feel rubbish. Just recently I have been suffering from some “stomach flu” which is super nasty. It made me think about how can I still be positive and happy when my tummy is doing flips all day? Same goes for low moods where you just want to stay in bed all day or you feel extremely emotional for no real reason. Let’s investigate how we can still live our best lives even in these situations…
Low moods and feeling unwell makes the body feel tired, sore and uncomfortable. But what we can do is to take the perspective of the day and the tasks ahead. Instead of cramming our day full of high impact sports and lots of strenuous tasks – can you swap them for something more comfortable that will help, i.e. a gentle yoga practice to stretch the body and give your internal organs a good booster. This also helps recentre your mind and refresh. With your daily tasks can you focus on the things that must be done today but postpone the non-essential tasks until you are feeling better.
What else can I do? Practice gratitude. This is such a great exercise that can be done daily, especially even more critical when you aren’t feeling well. Just today I felt pretty rubbish and I sat by the window and the sun beamed on my face and I felt grateful for this. Mindset can aid us when we don’t feel great – it is easy for us to slip into a state of “everything is against me” or “I am so unwell” – affirming that to yourself and the universe! YIKES! But we can change this, we must affirm positive sentence like – I am on the mend, I am healthy and well, I am content with my mind and body. These states reinforce your brain to start thinking positively about yourself and thus, reduces a bit of pain and anguish, even if it is just a little.
Hydration, this also very key! If you haven’t already checked out my video on a healthy lifestyle you can do so click here. But the long and short of it is your body is made up of 60% of water and when we are under the weather, we can lose a lot of vital fluids. It might be hard to keep thinking about drinking water but trust me it releases those nasty toxins and revitalises your body. You can do it!
So, what are the take-home messages?
– Be gentle with yourself and rest – don’t take on the world!
– Recovery time – take a short walk just to get a new setting and fresh air in your lungs
– Hydration – Drink lots of water or other fluids with electrolytes or hot lemon & honey tea/green tea
– Practice gratitude – what positive aspects in your life can you see?
– Task priority – what is urgent? What can be postponed?
I hope this helps. You can still live your best life, one step at a time! 😊
Every single day is a good day no matter how bright or dark it is, because it always brings an opportunity to start a positive beginning in your life – Edmond Mbiaka