Recently I did something I did not think my body was capable of… I slept for over 16 hours straight.
Yes, you read that right. I said over 16 hours straight…
I woke up on a Thursday morning, at 5 a.m., and felt so miserable. I told my partner I was going to say home and get some extra rest, while they went to work. I took a dedicated “sick morning” and set my alarm for 10 a.m. so I could go in for the afternoon. I put my head down on the pillow and I was out like a light.
The next thing I “fully” remember (I woke up a few times to cats surrounding me, so I was still in dreamland) was my partner coming home and waking me up. They asked, “Have you been in bed this entire time?” To which my response was, “What time is is?” I was then told it was 5 p.m. I literally had been in bed ALL DAY! Wow!
But do I have news to report!
This was my body screaming at me to take the time I needed to give it rest and relaxation. There’s a cold going around the office so my body, knowing this and probably already feeling the effects, told me to rest in order to take care of myself.
I am forever thankful that I listened.
Now I know this is not always a viable solution – I mean, come on, who has time to dedicate an entire day to just…. nothing! But if you are feeling fatigued or not yourself, the best thing to do is listen to what your body needs in THAT moment. If you need to skip your morning work-out to rest for an extra 30 minutes, DO THAT! It’s a sad misconception that in order to be productive, we have to be DOING something. But choosing to relax IS doing something. So you are still productive in my eyes.