seems to be particularly challenging for Sensitive Souls. The following
thoughts are focused on recovering from a short-term illness like
a cold or flu, rather than a long-term or more serious illness
(though I’ve also essentially recovered from a chronic repetitive
Here’s what supports me when I’m
* I give myself permission to be sick.
I used to feel bad for being sick, as if it was somehow a failure
on my part. Now I take illness as a cue from my body. It’s
letting me know that I need to take a break. Usually, when I get
sick, I can easily see where I’ve pushed myself too hard,
whether emotionally, physically, or energetically. So I take the
* I immediately shift my self-care strategies into high gear.
The minute I start feeling unwell, I take steps to take care of myself.
I rely on Chinese herbs, mega-vitamins, plenty of rest, and nice
baths. I stock up on supportive foods and liquids and bar the door
to my “fortress.”
* I prioritize getting well above all else.
I used to push myself to keep working and socializing while I was
ill, like my less sensitive friends seem able to do. Now I pull
back. I cancel everything that isn’t 100% critical. (And
you’d be surprised: I don’t consider much to be critical!)
Then, I go ahead and rest. This means that I cancel appointments,
get-togethers with friends, client sessions, and even TeleGatherings!
To me, it’s not worth it to keep pushing myself, because
I know that’s why I’ve gotten sick in the first place.
I choose instead to listen to my body and its wisdom.
* I keep a few self-care tricks up my sleeve.
In this particular case, I had a cold. I benefited greatly from warm
Epsom salts baths with eucalyptus and lemon essential oils. I also
did lymphatic work including dry brushing my skin and having my
partner do a “Spinal Flush” massage for me. (See Donna
Eden’s book, Energy Medicine, for details.) All things were
great for my aching body. I buy the softest, lotion-imbued, unscented
kleenex I can get my hands on. I go ahead and watch terrible television
and favorite movies. And I sleep as much as possible.
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