Live :: Optimistically :: Through :: Universal :: Struggles
Last week I. unfortunately, got hit with the flu. I can't honestly recall the last time, I had the flu. But trust me, I won't forget about this experience. One minute I am fine and dandy and then BAAMM! It hits me - body aches, fever, coughing, headaches, nausea and sinus pressure. I was devastated, I immediately cancelled my weekend plans and loaded up on all possible cures (OTC meds, orange juice, cuties, ingredients to make soup and bags of cough drops). I was motivated to push through and get this flu in and out! Well little did I know that the flu would feel like death. My body literally was playing for a different team and no matter how much I wanted to be productive or at least binge watch a Netflix series, my body had it's own ideas! How rude! I felt useless! My mood was sour, I neglected my hygiene; I was definitely in the "woe is me" stage. It reminded me of how someone feels when they are going through a depressive episode. I had all the symptoms: sadness, social isolation, fear that it will not get better, a sense of feeling stuck, lack of energy, fatigue, loss of appetite, and sleep disturbances. It's official I had the FLU BLUES!
After 2 days of having the flu blues, I made the conscious decision to turn my frown upside down and try to make the best of my day! I decided to use the time I spent at home to focus on self-care. I made myself a cup of Elderberry Echinacea tea and diffused OnGuard essential oil and holed myself in my home office. It was time to get rid of the flu blues and focus on what I do have control over. Hmm, what could I do that doesn't require physical effort. As I sat at my desk, I thought about all the things I want to accomplish during the year. And then it hit me, being stuck at home was perfect time to dedicate my day to bullet journaling! It was freeing and healing to focus on setting goals, tracking habits and keeping motivated for the year. I turned my flu blues into something productive! I realized how powerful behavioral activation is when you have the blues. After a few hours of being creative, I felt productive, energized and focused! Flu blues I got rid of you!
*see a follow up blog, on the benefits of Bullet Journaling.