Let’s face it: Mommy’s cannot get sick. We don’t have permission. It’s as if the whole world will come crashing down if Mommy is unavailable to do all the mommy career things she needs to do.
Last week, I was sick. I caught a cold.
It started with a scratchy throat on Sunday night. and by Monday morning, I felt those first signs of yuck and I knew that I was catching something. By the end of the day Monday, my blood pressure was up – my body’s sign to me that I’m definitely fighting something.
This cannot be happening. I’ve got way too much planned this week, I thought.
Well, all my plans went out the window because I had no energy or motivation to do anything, except rest. The only part that I was grateful about during this cold was the fact that the kids started school on Tuesday!
Since I wasn’t deadly feeling ill, and I probably could have pushed myself to do all that I had planned, but I didn’t. Why not? Because I’ve learned to love and respect my body enough to heed it’s warnings when it wants me to slow down and rest.
Turns out, I did the absolute right thing! Dr. Sunita Kumar states,
During sleep, you make more white blood cells that attack viruses and bacteria.”
Did you hear that people?
I had to search and search and search to find out WHY everyone always recommends sleeping when you’re sick and I finally found the science:
We make white blood cells when we sleep!
While I didn’t sleep all day, everyday last week, I did take long naps with my daughter during her nap time. By Friday, I was finally feeling better and was able to start writing my guest post for AmericaSaves.org. By listening to my body, I was able to recover from my cold much quicker than if I had just tried to suck it up. (On another note, my healthy diet helps me reduce the severity and number of colds I catch since healthier diets lead to higher immune systems.)
Put the science to practice.
If you’re colds seem to never get better, only worse, I highly encourage you to reevaluate how you’re handling your days when you feel ill. As soon as you feel a cold coming on, that should alert you to slow down and cut things out of your day so that they include more rest. If you are a working mom, please take a sick day to rest and reduce your risk of spreading your germs to your coworkers. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, stop doing all household chores, nap with your baby, skip your children’s after school activities (gasp!), order take-out and tell your family that it’s important that you rest so that you can get better more quickly.
Yes, my family is important, but my health is just as important.
Somewhere along the way, our culture has forgotten that sicknesses happen. For some reason, our bosses think (because of modern medicine) that we can just pop some pills and make it through the work day and deal with the aftermath at home. Sickness has somehow become a sign of weakness and if we take a sick day, we are not valued as much as someone who never calls in sick. I’m going to say it: it’s bull. You’re strong, now matter how sick you are.
The next time you catch a cold, which should be anytime now since September is around the corner, please remember this article and do your body the greatest healing power by sleeping your cold away. I’m very certain that you’ll operate at a 110% productivity level in the days afterward because of it.
I know I am.