Yes, I attribute this bounce-back to love and kindness towards myself.
I find great joy in taking care of my body. Taking care of myself feels like loving a little girl, giving her everything she needs to be (truly) happy and healthy. When she's tired, I put her to bed; when she has a tummy ache, I make her a cup of ginger mint tea and let her rest on the cough - guilt-free - with a warm lavender bean bag pillow; when she's had a bad day, I draw her a bath, light some candles, and leave her tissues and soft fuzzy robe next to her clean towel.
I don't give her drugs.
I don't let her eat sugar and junk food.
I don't let her hide her tears.
Or let her stay up too late on a work night.
This is love. This is tenderness. This is self-care. This is what helped me recover from an unpleasant cold in just 2.5 days. How did I take care of myself? A few simple things. I got plenty of rest and quality sleep, didn't push myself to do too much. I stayed away from sugar and ate only whole foods. I made fresh, nutrient-dense vegetable juices and drank lots of water and herbal tea. And, I went for a gentle walk to oxygenate my blood and move my lymph. Taking care of myself, rather than pushing myself to run around like a crazy person on the weekend like I usually do (errands, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, seeing shows, playing gigs, working with clients, etc, etc...), was what my body was asking for. My symptoms TOLD me what to do... I felt tired, so I napped; the orifices in my head leaked fluid, so I drank lots of water. I never really got that hungry, so I ate simple small meals. My body knew exactly what it needed. That's true wisdom. I gave her what she asked for. That's true love.
Do you listen to your symptoms? Do you know what your body is trying to tell you? Do your colds seem to linger on for days if not weeks? Join me for the Mind, Body, Belly Detox workshop on Friday, March 3rd in Denver CO to learn how to listen to the wisdom of your body and how to implement kindness and love as a powerful medicine. Your body is trying to tell you something.... Are you listening? It's yearning for love.