In relation to illness, speed bumps come in all shapes and sizes. A flare-up, a cold, added stress or pressure. Unfortunately hitting some speed bumps in your illness and wellness journey is inevitable. When you hit them, to avoid crashing and doing damage, you must learn how to slow down. Learn that it's okay if you can't follow your exercise plan for a few weeks, if you need to ask for an extension of a deadline, or if you're too tired to answer phone calls. It's okay to sit in front of the TV, or to simply curl up with a book, or to just have a sleep. This is not a weakness. Learning to manage speed bumps is in fact an enormous strength.
Sometimes, when you've been making a lot of progress, and you then hit a speed bump, it can be the most frustrating thing in the world. But taking some time to rest and relax is the best way to handle this.
There are a few things you need to make sure of when hitting a speed bump:
- You and your health come first
- Maintain healthy eating habits, or you will make the speed bump a speed mountain
- If you can, try going for a small walk, just to get the body moving a little
- Check that you are getting enough quality sleep
- Talk to the appropriate people, to ensure that they know what is going on, and that when you feel better you can continue with your work/study/whatever else you do
- Try to recognise, and solve any stress you may be dealing with
Remember, although it's frustrating, speed bumps aren't permanent. They are a temporary need to slow down. If you rest, and take care of yourself you will soon be able to speed up a little, and get back on track. Obviously, once you get past the speed bump you won't be magically cured of all problems (If I could magically cure you all, I would), but you will be back on track to managing them and living well with illness.
What type of speed bumps do you seem to hit? How do you manage these? How do you get back on track? Feel free to comment