Today’s Happy Note: Baking cookies! I made chocolate chunk cookies for the students who I teach an SAT class on Monday nights. Today was the last day so I wanted them to have a little reward. Baking is definitely relaxing!
I started feeling a teeny bit sick yesterday and am full-blown sick today. Icky. Sore threat, headache, body ache, etc. I hope it’ll go away soon since I have so much work to get done this week and I can never concentrate when I’m sick and I just want to take a nap!
I didn’t want to overdo it by exercising too much, so I just did a twenty minute yogadownload video this morning and walked about 2-3 miles throughout the day. The yoga felt nice and relaxing.
When I’m sick I tend to panic about not exercising for a few days at a time. I dislike taking rest days more than one day in a row, and if I’m sick for 3 or 4 days and don’t workout at all, well, that scares me. I have an irrational fear of becoming instantaneously fat. And then if I do workout I just feel run down which stresses me out and probably just ends up exacerbating the illness! So, my mini goal here is this: respect my body, give it the rest and love and attention that it needs; if I feel up for a little movement, fine, but if not, I will listen to my body (and my mind) and I won’t stress about my decisions either way!
What do I like to eat when I’m sick?
Oatmeal! Specifically, oats in a jar!
My row of nut butter jars is growing growing growing! I have no idea why I’m saving them, I just think they’re cute!
I also like cold, creamy smoothies (consumed in a bowl with some kashi for crunchiness!):
And soothing, hot tea:
And easy peasy leftover bowls: this dish (ground beef, stir-fried asparagus/spinach, TJ’s coconut lime rice) took three minutes to heat in the microwave! And voila, done.
I also like hot cocoa and anything sweet/carby. What do you like to eat or drink when you’re sick?
Today was really complicated; lots of tears, but I came away with one simple and concise point: be compassionate towards others, but begin by being compassionate towards yourself and your family. It would take me about ten years to explain how we got to this point so I won’t. But it was a lovely, spectacular little realization, really. Because it’s so true.
On an unrelated note, I was telling my therapist about what I did when I was little and I was sick. I used to go to my parent’s offices (they’re both doctors) and it was such a blast! My sister and I would play with the stethoscopes, microscopes, and rolling stools, draw endless pictures, and be entertained by the nurses. Great little memory! When I was older and could stay home during the day by myself, I became an absolute master at either pretending I was sick when I wasn’t or convincing my mom that I just needed a day off and she should call school and say I was sick. I have always been pretty good at manipulating people, but this was my specialty. She always felt so bad (and was really gullible), and I took a ton of sick days when I wasn’t remotely sick!
Did anyone else do this or was it just me? Do you have any really fun childhood memories like this one?
A third note: my therapist went way above and beyond the call of duty today. I don’t really want to explain how, but wow. Just wow. I was floored by her compassion, generosity, and kindness. I am so incredibly, incredibly lucky. If anyone lives in New York and wants a therapist, email me and I would HIGHLY recommend her.
Alright, time for me to munch on chocolate, do the crossword puzzle from the paper, and go to sleep! Goodnight 🙂