Today I took a sick day from work. Not a sick day like the well-deserved mental health day I could really use, but mamash a sick day because I was feeling extremely ill.
Taking a day off is logistically very difficult. To miss a day of teaching and having to deal with substitute plans is worse than taking some OTC medication, sucking it up, and having to grin and bear it. I would have done just that, however the symptoms of body aches, stomach upset, and feeling lightheaded fall into a category different from “head cold” not conducive to managing a class of rambunctious 5th, 6th, and 7th grade boys.
How did I spend my sick day? After e-mailing some emergency lesson plans to the school, I slept and slept and slept. I did not go to work. I did not get my kids ready for school (a big shout out to my husband who carried out the morning routine in my incapacitated state.). I didn’t read. I didn’t go on-line. I didn’t organize anything. I just slept and rested. I’m feeling a bit better now, thank G-d. Monday I don’t teach, so will have another day to get back on my feet.
Perhaps Hashem was sending me a message. Maybe I should slow down. Maybe I should spend less time on-line. Maybe I should get more sleep. Whatever the reason, I must add ‘be thankful for good health’ to my gratitude list and remind myself often of the bracha (blessing).
Spring is a busy time of year for spring cleaning and Pesach cleaning. It is very easy to get run-down. But when the weather is bipolar, it is also an opportune time to catch viruses and other germs. Be sure to invest in self-care and not over-do things though there are a million thing to be done. It is a good time to analyze your schedule, scale back on unnecessary commitments and really FOCUS on what needs to get done.
Be healthy and take care, dear readers. Thanks for reading.
Karen aka The Klutter Koach