I originally wrote this post in early 2015. I’ve come across a lot of old writing recently in some digital clean-ups, and I wanted to share this.
Thoughts On Sick Days and Lifestyle
Recently I spent a day at work feeling completely nauseated. It’s something I’ve basically never felt in my life. I managed to get a doctors appointment that night & was told I was probably run down (I’d had a chest infection a few weeks before), had something viral and that my tonsils were getting red (ever since having glandular fever, I’m incredibly prone to tonsillitis).
The doctor told me to take the next day off work and to come back if my throat got worse. Done.
Here’s where I don’t think people like sick days.
There’s a mental image that all sick days look like a cold and flu advertisement. You’re under layers of blankets, snivelling a lot and eating soup.
You know what a sick day looks like at the beach?
Much bloody nicer than a sick day nearly anywhere else.
I’ve had sick days where I felt the cabin fever, so I went and sat down at the ocean, or beside the giant free lagoon in my area. Most people have to travel to the tropics to get what I have down the road. And it relaxed AND refreshed me to be out and in nature. I was careful – I parked nearby, I only sat there, I didn’t dehydrate – but I did get out and it made me feel the world of better.
But it probably didn’t look like a sick day.
That’s why people choose a lifestyle that allows them to be at the beach. In fact, one of the first things I do when I’m sick is go sit in a quiet part of the beach and breathe the sea air with my feet dug into the sand – because it calms me, it’s good for me and if I’m happy and relaxed, then I’m way more likely to rest and let my body fight a bug.
Life isn’t a competition to “soldier on” (I hate those ads with a wild fucking passion. Frankly, I think the soldier on attitude has a lot to answer for. Most particularly spreading viruses through offices!
Do you think your lifestyle is incompatible with what a sick day “should” look like?