I woke up two days ago with the most amazing coldsore and mouth-full of blisters.
I know, I know, I’m a weirdo for calling them ‘amazing’, right? Those of you who have ever suffered with coldsores, ulcers or blisters alike, know they’re far from wonderful/ amazing/ fantastic… But really, I genuinely think mine are great.
They serve me with an important reminder. A reminder that self care is no longer optional for me.
It is a necessity.
I got a bit cocky, you see. I thought that I was ‘well’, so a late night here, a skipped meal there, the odd few journal entries missed (amongst other strategies that I have appeared to drop from my list!) didn’t seem like a big deal.
Turns out, it is a BIG deal!
Over the past few months, I’ve come to learn how closely my physical and mental health are linked. One doesn’t hold up long without the other on it’s side. I can no longer ignore the warning signs my body gives off as I start to unravel.
Where once upon a time I would have soldiered on, not paying much attention to what my body was trying to tell me, I now listen carefully and react accordingly. From that one little mouth ulcer, to this giant coldsore- I know that these are physical reactions to something that isn’t working for me.
I’m becoming well rehearsed in noticing and hearing my body’s cries now. It has taken a lot of practise, trial and error, but these latest symptoms have acted as a flare gun, a distress signal, drawing my attention to imminent danger.
They have finally made me understand that I need to make my self-care an absolute non-negotiable. No more getting carried away, no more “Ahh, it’ll be fine, it doesn’t matter”. My health is not a commodity that deserves to be compromised. I cannot afford to burn the candle at both ends.
Therefore, I ask you – Where are you compromising? What warning signs is your body giving you?
Take some time to pay attention to your body today. What is it telling you? Is there tension, aches, pains, cramps, sores?
What might have been contributing to these ailments? What self care can you schedule in to your routine? What needs to become a non-negotiable for you?
Your body is sending out an SOS. Isn’t it time that you came to the rescue?
Want some ideas for implementing Self Care? Check out my blog My Top Tips for Self-Care.
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