Lazy Hazy Days

The Beacon Bolt is a publication of the student body of Northwest Christian University. Everyone has that morning when you wake up and just know that life isn’t going to happen that day. Your eyes creak open, the light blinds you and you go to groan about the brightness that has disturbed the peaceful sleep that is so far away now, to then feeling an anguishing strike of pain in your throat. The bug has got you, and you are down for the day. You roll back over and call it quits.

Whenever I have these days I tend to walk around my apartment in a blur. I call my mom to complain about the illness that has struck me down, and then spend the day catnapping and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I follow the ibuprofen bottle instructions and wake up every four hours to take the only thing getting me through the treacherous day, and head to bed early.

This weekend I had to deal with being sick and stuck inside for two days. The first day looked a lot like the one I have just described, dreadful and plain sad. The next morning I decided to take advantage of the day I had ahead of me to pamper, nourish, and relax in just the right way to make me feel healthier and ready to go for the week ahead.

I started with a necessity, sleeping in. Sleep is vital to the body and mind when you are trying to recover from a burdening sickness. Sleep in as long as you can and soak up the warmth and familiarity that your bed provides.

Next, I crawled out of my favorite place and put on more F.R.I.E.N.D.S. You may be sensing a pattern. I turn to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. whenever I want to be comfortable. I then made myself a cup of coffee, another necessity on par with sleep, and started my morning slow by lying on the couch for a while.

I spoiled myself and ate ice cream and popsicles to help soothe my sore throat. To provide myself some nourishment I also enjoyed some chicken noodle soup and a lot of water. As everyone should know water is very important. I recommend a lot of it, especially when you are recovering from being sick. Water helps to flush out the toxins within us and to help your body run smoother and fight harder. Partnering water with sleep are the two essentials to truly taking care of you.

During the day I did a couple things between the many naps that took place, including a warm bath, watching one too many RomComs, and reading a great book. As well as these things, I took the time to read a couple scriptures about being sick. When becoming ill, your body can affect you emotionally and mentally. Turning to God in these times or weariness is important. God is our stronghold and is supposed to provide rest and peace for our souls as well as our bodies. Now there was no magical method about which scriptures to read, I just looked up what the bible had to say about being sick and healing, and here are the verses that stuck with me.

Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

No matter what type of sickness we may have physically, mentally, emotionally or even spiritually, it is important to take the time to rest and take care of ourselves. Find what makes you feel rejuvenated and relaxed, and edge out the time to heal yourself. You will not regret it.