One of my doctor's orders this week was to listen to my body and respect its needs. Seems simple enough, eh? But the challenge has already begun this week with a taxing painting project, an artisan market approaching and more projects lined up waiting for my attention. Even something as simple as getting at least 8 hours of consecutive sleep starting before midnight has been a stretch. This instruction came with helpful hint that our bodies begin their healing process at midnight and so its important to get into that REM sleep before then.
It reminds me of a simple poem cross stitched on my grandmother's walls and etched in my brain:
Early to bed,
Early to rise,
Makes a man,
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
I always blew it off as an old wives tale but with age and learning things the hard way it seems pretty true.
So I am taking baby steps. Since the illness I am experiencing now (as I learned this week) is stressed induced ... Its called Adrenal Fatigue.. then I am trying my best to take a lesson and begin to handle myself with care.
Its a challenge believe it or not. (Especially as a people pleaser who doesn't like to use the word " No") I am taking it one day at a time. Baby steps. Towards health.
... and who knows.. maybe wealth and wisdom will follow!
Fragile Paper art by Ronald Ceuppens