Hey everybody, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. Up here in Canada, it was our Thanksgiving weekend, and while I wasn’t able to get together with my sister and family this year, I am very fortunate to have an “adopted” family here in Montreal, along with some very god friends! Suffice it to say, after three days of delicious home-cooked food and awesome company, I am all Turkey’d – and tuckered – out…until Christmas
That being said, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in the last two weeks, give or take a day. The reason being is that I have been sick with a nasty cold and I am only now getting to feel like my old self again. I’m still coughing a little and feeling a tad weak, but I should be back to being 100% by the end of the week.
Now, while that may sound like a drag, I actually enjoy having a cold. I know, that may seem a little weird, but let me explain.
When I am fighting a cold I get all giddy inside my head and act a lot goofier than I usually do, which I like. Whatever the chemical imbalance in my brain, it makes me feel like a kid again and I love that feeling. And since I try and fight the cold naturally with sleep and relaxation, instead of over the counter pharmaceuticals, this feeling stays with me for nearly the full duration of my cold…which I find kinda cool! And just for the record, I am not against taking pharmaceutical products, especially if you need some quick relief when working your 9 to 5 job or taking care of your family. But for me, if I don’t need to take them, I won’t!
Speaking of 9 to 5′s, one of the wonderful side benefits of being your own boss, as I am, is that I don’t have to worry about calling in sick or worse, having to go to a job when I’m feeling really crappy. I also don’t have to worry about passing on my cold to others, which was a huge pain in the-you-know-what when I was working “for the man!” I remember, back in the day, feeling really horrible but still having to go into to work to earn some money since I only had a few sick days that I could squander. There was also the underlying fear that if I took more than a couple of days off, I might somehow lose my job all-together, so I would drag myself into work regardless of my sickly condition!
Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about such nonsense anymore When I’m really sick, all I need to do these days is to call a few of my guitar students, tell them that I am sick, reschedule for the next lesson and voila, I’m good to just watch TV for days on end, drink lots of mango-green tea and sleep when I feel like it.
There are also a couple of other reason’s I enjoy having a cold and here they are!
When I am sick, I take a lot more comfort in my stuff and what I have available to me much more than usual. For whatever reason, I am more aware of my comfy bed and comforters. I love sitting in my big chair, sipping a cup of hot tea from my favorite mug and lounging around in over-sized T-shirts and sweat pants. My material possessions seem to take on a little more meaning for me during this time and I am happy to have what I have whether I use it on a regular basis or not.
I also tend to gravitate towards old TV-shows that I’ve seen a bunch of times already (Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Bones anyone?) and I listen to a lot more music than usual (thankfully). These things are like comfort food for my sniffly head and soul and they always prove to be just what the doctor ordered!
I will spend a lot of days doing the above and while I know I should be doing other things, like keeping up with this blog, rehearsing with my band or practicing guitar, I just don’t have the energy or inclination to do so. Instead of worrying about it though, I just put all my priorities on the back-burner and comfort myself with doing only the things I want to do. After all, when one is sick, it really should be all about them. In my opinion, this is the one time where it is okay to be selfish and self-centered (within reason of course). I realize that not everyone will have this luxury, especially if you are a parent or elderly care-provider, but if you can manage to find even a ten minute block a few times a day to tend to your own needs, this might help make life a little more pleasant when you’re fighting a cold.
One other benefit of battling a cold, at least for me, is that I get to sit quietly, eyes closed, while spending a lot of time with my thoughts. I think about the past and I think about the future. Sometimes my thoughts are extremely silly while other times they are quite productive and figure prominently in how I want my life to be in the very near future. As mentioned in a previous post, ME time is so important and should be as high on your daily priority list as working and taking care of your family. Regular, quiet and reflective thought can really be a life changer or even a (new) life maker!
Now, as much as I enjoy having a cold, I don’t advocate running outside with wet hair while shaking hands with anyone you see sneezing or coughing just so you can catch a cold. Truth be told, I could do without the sore throats and the coarse coughing. But when it happens, I try and make the best of it. Hopefully you are able to do so as well.
So…how do you handle a cold? Do you try and fight it naturally, or do you down as many Neo-Citrons and Tylenol day/night cold and flu capsules as you can to blast it out of your system?
I’d love to read your thoughts on this topic so please feel free to keep the conversation flowing by adding a comment below. And if you do have a cold or are down with the flu, God bless you and get better soon
ps: Karen, if you are reading this, I have not forgotten and will be answering your question in the next post