Act of kindness #6: Listening to my body

Being kind to my body by taking the rest I need:

With having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I have to rest a lot. Well, most of the time actually. And as much as I’ve made my bedroom my sanctuary which I love, I need a change of scenery now and again.

When a friend very kindly offered me her flat to stay in while she went on holiday, I jumped at the chance. I carefully planned my journey down and thankfully felt well enough to travel last Thursday.

This is my first visit to Bath and I’m excited about exploring this beautiful spa town. And being mindful of my health limitations, I know I can’t see and do as much as I’d like, but there’s a couple of gentle activities that I can hopefully enjoy.

I arrived a couple of days before my friend left so we could spend a little time together. The idea was that while she was out at work all day, I would rest and then we’d hang out when she got home.

But I arrived to find her still recovering from a recent bout of flu and she was still feeling pretty unwell. Poor thing.

As I have a compromised immune system due to the CFS, I tend to get cold/flu symptoms ten-fold and feel even more wiped than normal and for much longer too.

So I have to try and not contact viruses by avoiding contact with people who have a cold or the flu, the expression to avoid them like the plague is very apt for me!

We joked about setting up a convalescence home, and while my friend rested in bed, I rested on the sofa, and we met up at mealtimes to share empathy and sympathy.

This morning, the day after my friend left for her holiday, I’ve woken up with nausea, a slight headache, and am feeling drained; I’m really hoping it’s not the onset of the flu.

My plans for today were to have a gentle walk to see the nearby Royal Crescent and enjoy a soul stroll around the nearby park.

But despite desperately wanting to ignore my symptoms and stick to my plans, I am choosing to be kind to myself by listening to my body and honouring what I know it needs: complete rest.

Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow and will feel enough to explore a little, but if I don’t, I won’t.

And that’s ok.


5 thoughts on “Act of kindness #6: Listening to my body”

  1. Bath is such a lovely place I hope you are enjoying, even the view from the bedroom! It’s so inspiring that you are honoring your body and taking time to rest. I know that can be really hard, especially if you feel like you need to ‘take advantage’ of being in Bath. It’s such a perfect place because if we think back to the Roman Baths in the city it was a place for people to come, rest, and rejuvenate. So You are in the full spirit of the town!

    Enjoy your trip!

    1. Thank you lovely Kayla. I loved my time in Bath and really loved my visit to the heavenly Thermae Spa – it felt magically healing ♡ I definitely hope to visit Bath (and the spa) again soon Xxx

      1. I really love your website and mission ♡ Thank you for sharing your gift. I’m going to try your Yoga In Bed video over the next few days once I’ve recovered some energy Xxx

  2. Hi love, hope you are enjoying Bath. It’s one of my favourite places. We spent some time there at Chrissy as its only 15mins from where Beth & kids are. Hope you have had time to explore, relax too & you are feeling better.
    Amy x

    1. Hello lovely, it’s a very special place isn’t it? I’m managing a mix of exploring and resting, and hope to come back to enjoy more of this beautiful place. Hope all is well with you my lovely. Love+Hugs Xxx

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