These past couple of days I have been tired and have had bouts of irritability. I had been sick for the span of about two weeks, and a few days ago I was just starting to get better. I slept a lot New Year’s Day and I was excessively tired yesterday. Last night I felt like I was teetering over the line of falling to sickness again.
I don’t fall asleep easily. My mind runs with ideas that I want to take action on. I slept very little while I was sick, which made it harder to recover. Last night was the first night where I gladly welcomed sleep. I felt exhausted, and I didn’t want to get sick again.
That was my loving action yesterday, going to sleep early. I took care of some work for today so I could just let myself sleep in, and I decided to not write a self-love post yesterday, and to put a few other things aside for later so I could get some sleep.
And today, I let myself sleep. I woke around 7:30am, and then I went back to sleep. I woke up again around 11:30am, and I went back to sleep again. I finally woke up around 2pm, and I felt good. I didn’t feel exhausted or borderline sick.
It was difficult trying to fall asleep last night. At first I fell asleep quickly, but then I woke up about an hour later, and instead of getting up and doing things, I just laid down and closed my eyes until I fell asleep.
I’m realizing how important it is to not only take care of my emotional wellbeing and to pursue the things that drive me and impassion me, but I also need to take care of my physical health. I know that my physical health impacts other areas of my life, just as other areas of my life impact my physical health.
A little over a month ago, I threw out my back, twice. Recently, I was sick for a little over two weeks. I get heart burn pretty intensely and somewhat frequently, and my sister keeps on reminding me that I should take care of it because I don’t want to die of cancer later in life. I don’t sleep well, and that’s something that I can change. Everything that I just listed, I can change. If I take care of myself, I won’t throw out my back, I won’t get sick for prolonged periods of time and I won’t get intense bouts of heart burn.
I don’t just want to treat myself and my energy with love, but my body as well. I want to be one of those old ladies who is healthy and who can walk and take care of herself. I want to treat my body well, now, so I can continue to have good use of it later in life.
Sleep, sleep was my loving act towards myself these past two days. Sleep, and an expanding awareness of my health.
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Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Gay Media Network, and is Curve’s Social Media Manager. She’s launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication, The Human Experience. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.