You’ve been prioritizing a more mindful life and you’re feeling good. You’re paying attention to wandering thoughts and are spending more time in the present moment. Your mindfulness practice is thriving!
And then – you get sick.
When I get sick, so many negative emotions arise. I worry about what I have, I get sad about isolating myself and missing out on fun things, and I get angry that it’s happening to me and my plans are taken off track. Can you relate?
Getting sick can totally derail a solid mindfulness practice if you let it. The key is to be prepared and go with the flow as much as possible. This applies to when your kids get sick as well, which has proven to be one of my biggest stressors.
Here are the 5 most important things to remember when a sickness stirs up feelings of anxiety, sadness or anger:
1 – Show yourself love, compassion and kindness. Do not beat yourself up over what you could have done differently to prevent a sickness. That is completely unhelpful. Treat yourself the way you would treat your loved one and pamper yourself!
2 – Come to a place of complete acceptance. Resisting your illness does not feel good and it can make your healing process feel harder. Eckart Tolle says, “Whatever you accept completely will take you to peace, including the acceptance that you cannot accept that you are in resistance.”
3 – If you can muster up the energy, jot down all of your negative emotions you are feeling. You don’t have to go into detail, but the very act of writing out an emotion and including a brief reason why, takes away some of its power. Even jotting down physical symptoms of discomfort can be helpful.
4 – Take the day off to the best of your ability. Surrender to proper rest, which is so critical for your physical and mental health. If you can meet the rest needs of your body, you will be in a much better place to stay mindful and recover quicker.
5 – Eat nutritious comfort foods and drink plenty of water. What you eat and drink and how much you eat will be determined by the kind of illness you have, but through proper nutrition and hydration you will equip yourself for a more mindful sick day. Focus on being proud of yourself for helping your body heal. This book* has some great tips on what foods have healing properties for overall health.
We all get sick from time to time and most of us will find ourselves taking care of someone who is sick as well. Through a dedicated mindfulness practice and proper preparation, we can ensure a less stressful period of being down and out.
Check out this excellent workbook on mindfulness* for more ideas on how to have more peaceful and productive days, even while sick.
Any other tips on how to be mindful while sick in bed? Good luck and here are some more ideas from us for HAPPY MINDING!
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