I used to do it. Work 7 days a week. Be busy from sunrise till collapse. Go to work even when I was sick and my body was desperate for rest, until I was too sick to function. I would get colds, flus and would lose my voice completely on a regular basis. I would just run my body to the ground because there was so much to do and I could not stop. Eventually, over decades, this high pressure, high stress life style led me to a total crush and a very debilitating and severe adrenal fatigue. I am writing more about my experience with adrenal fatigue and my journey to recovery in my upcoming book, blogs and programs. Stay tuned.

Is that you?

You get sick frequently…
You feel constantly stressed and anxious…
You are chronically tired…
Your immune system is weak and it takes you a long time to recover…
You are just feeling blah, nothing is really wrong with your health but you are not feeling zestful and vibrant…

We live in a culture that worships doing and does not value being. Taking time to recharge and replenish sounds indulgent or wasteful. We are so overloaded by things to do, tasks to accomplish, places to go and people to take care of.

But guess what? As I have learned, I will not be able to be of any good to others and to myself if I am running on empty and heading to collapseville.

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite practices, it has changed my health and the health of many of my clients: the “don’t get sick day”.

You know, when you are too sick to work you are forced to take a sick day. So, why wait to get sick? When you practice taking a “don’t get sick day” on a regular basis, you are giving your body exactly what it needs to fill its batteries, you are giving yourself exactly what you need to fill your well.

So many women do not allow themselves to take a rest, recharge and rejuvenate day, their only permitted form of rest is illness. Let’s change that. Let’s not wait for our small health issues to become bigger and bigger. Our bodies will get louder and louder with more severe symptoms if we constantly ignore them.

What to do on a “don’t get sick day”?

Anything that replenishes you physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.
Sleep in.
Take the time to prepare a gorgeous healthy meal.
Go out and spend time in nature.
Take a restorative yoga class.
Curl up in your favorite nook with a good book.
Get creative with art or craft.
Practice doing nothing, just allow your thoughts and feeling to float in and out.

One of my favorite thing to do as a child was to lie on the grass and look at the clouds. I could spend many happy hours doing that. When was the last time you allowed yourself to do something like that? What are you waiting for? If you feel like you are not allowed, I am giving you a permission slip:
You (insert your name) have permission to take a “don’t get sick day”!

Please let me know what will be your favorite way to spend your “don’t get sick day” in the comments.

P.S. A perfect way to restore and replenish your body is by doing a seasonal cleanse. Check out my “Cleanse for All Season”, a gentle and powerful way to keep your body, immune system and digestive system nourished and healed.

xoxo Rachel