A weekend of snot and sniffles… and tears. Some were mine.
The girls got a respiratory tract infection, and thoughtfully shared it with their mother and me.
Sometimes, I am less than thankful for their generosity.
Fortunately, we didn’t have anything *major* planned.
We visited a bit with my new niece--- which was big in a different way.
We took a family trip to the gym and I wrangled kids.
We had breakfast together and watched UFC. Shocker!
But because I wasn’t feeling 100%, I took my foot off the gas a little.
I took Saturday off training hard. And along with my scheduled Sunday *break,* I’m feeling better already.
You have to listen to your body, and give it a chance to recover when you’re ill. I didn’t completely FULL STOP training, because then it would be so much harder to get back into it.
But I DID slow down a bit. And that’s ok.
Sometimes, you get stressed. You aren’t sleeping as you should. You get sick or you have a couple of ‘off’ days. It happens. No reason to beat yourself up.
Just recognize that these days happen. And give yourself a break if you need it. Go easier. Rest. Recharge.
But then, get back into it.
Don’t use it as an excuse to stay stuck. Because then you aren’t doing yourself any favors. And the longer you rest, the more reasons you’ll give yourself to just get started “tomorrow.”
You’ll push back, and postpone and delay--- because you decide you’re still too stressed, or still not *ready,* or maybe just a little sick.
And tomorrow becomes a week, a month--- sometimes years.
Your little *break* becomes harder to recover from. Changing your condition becomes harder. Instead of getting back into a habit, you’re having to create a whole new pattern--- which is harder and more overwhelming.
The more overwhelming it becomes, the less likely you are to actually *DO* it.
So yes, take a break when you need to. When your body needs a minute to get through an illness, or get better sleep, or even just because your mind needs a day off.
But then, get back into it. Don’t wait for ‘tomorrow.’
The longer you wait--- the harder it’s going to be.