I have been more tired than usual lately- and as someone who's usually tired, that's pretty darn tired! Every once in a while, I have a day where I spend more time sleeping than I do being awake, and I recently had one of those days. When my body is telling me that it needs to rest, I try to listen, and rather than beat myself up about "wasted time," I think of it as taking the time to recover so I can continue to be my best self.
One thing that Fibromyalgia has taught me is how important it is to not only make sure you're doing what it takes to make it through today, but to also make sure you're doing what it takes to make it through tomorrow, and the day after that. Self-care has become self-preservation.
This week, I booked myself a massage and spent most of another day sleeping because I knew that's what I needed to do to make sure I can do all the things I need to do for the rest of this week and next week. It's not always easy to give yourself a "guilt-free" day of rest, or spend money on a massage, or go for a walk, or take an epsom salt bath, or engage in general self-care of any kind- even if you know those things will help you feel better now and in the long run. There is a lot of glamorization of the "constantly busy/always hustle" culture that we find ourselves in, so I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you to engage in some self-care today and to let yourself off the hook if you need to. So here's a gentle reminder that it's just as important to take care of yourself as it is to take care of your to-do list, if not more so.
Heather, Fabulous Fibro-Fighter and FSC Founder