I hate being sick. Since Monday evening, I’ve sniffed and moaned and whined my way around the house. Fred has been so patient with me–even dealing with my grumpies on his birthday yesterday. He sent me this picture today:
When not nursing my sinus and ear infection, I’ve been feeling very sorry for myself. I like to be productive. I enjoy scratching off to-do lists and accomplishing tasks. Instead, I’m muddling through urgent grant projects while blowing my nose and praying for a few good hours to be able to sit up and write.
Is there anything good about being sick?
Fred sent a note this morning accompanying the grumpy cat photo, ”it’s OK. I know you like being productive, but there’s always a time to rest.”
A time to rest. A time to be sick. A time to be grumpy. Sounds biblical.
If Fred’s right (and I think he is), there has to be a reason for being sick and something good has to come out of it, right? Here are some ideas:
Three Things Being Sick Does for You
1. Rest. None of us get enough rest. Though we don’t want to be sick to get rest, it does provide a handy excuse to nap all day in your fuzzy pajamas.
2. Think. How often do you simply stare at the ceiling and think? If you’re really feeling crummy, sometimes staring at the spackling is all you can do. But don’t take this an opportunity to be anxious. Instead, remember a good story, experience, or what it feels like to be at the beach/mountains. Think about your favorite activity and how you will make it a priority again when you feel better.
3. Read. When you’re well enough to focus your mind, but still feeling physically weak, reading is a great exercise. How many chances do you actually get to sit down and quietly read your favorite novel/magazine/newspaper/Internet site. Enjoy it!
Photo Credit: http://icanhascheezburger.com/
Editor’s Note: Great post from Stepcase Lifehack on “How to Stay Productive When You’re Sick”