Mindful moment… Healthy body, healthy mind
Published 24/07/2016 | 02:30
I am still sick. It has been 10 days now and I am feeling really fed up. Summer is happening outside the window - barbecues, festivals, beer gardens - and I am in bed with a box of paracetamol.
And I have nobody to blame but myself. I have known for the last few months that I needed to stop and take a break, but I didn't.
I have a book to finish and I thought I could just power on through. But I couldn't. I am not a machine and my body is now reminding me of that.
Now I'll probably end up being away from my work for twice as long as I would have been, had I just taken a holiday earlier.
I'm reminded of a book I read years ago called The Joy of Burnout by Dina Glouberman, which argues that we get sick when our heart is no longer in our work or our relationships.
She says that getting sick is a good time to think about what's not right in your life. So that's what I'm going to do now. Have a think, in between sleeping through box sets.
* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net