Time to Chillax

By Tracy Gowler 4 years ago
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Haha, my daughter has always hated when I’ve said “Chillax”.  But it is true.  With all of this Covid stress business, I decided it was time to chillax. 

I’ve talked about my Type A personality and the way I can drive myself.  Because I’ve been sequestered in my home, basically my office, for months.  I decided it was time for me to take a break.  My girlfriend moved away a couple of years ago and I hadn’t seen here since.  She said why don’t you come out and visit me.  So, I took a look at the flights and decided, “Yes”, I need this.  And let me tell you, it was wonderful. 

Now, I’m not saying everyone with autoimmune can do this. 

If you are struggling, inflamed, and exhausted, don’t take the chance.  Look after yourself as your body requires it.  But I am aware of what my body can tolerate.  It talks to me all the time. 

I know that some of you are thinking “why would you do that?” or might even be expressing harsher thoughts.  Here’s the thing.  I was a little concerned at the beginning of Covid but I got over that quick.  I know that my body is strong enough to handle the virus.  I know that if we don’t get out and start being around others our bodies immune systems are getting weaker and weaker.  I know that the virus is going to run its course no matter how much we stay inside and try to avoid this.  It has to run its course.  The reason we were all sequestered was to keep the hospitals from being overrun. 

Do I wear a mask?

If it is required, yes I do.  If not, I don’t.  Why?  They don’t really do much for us except having us creating our own little petri dish inside the mask and constantly breathing that in is weakening our immune system.  If you can get the medical grade mask with the filter, you will be safer of course.  But I’m not afraid of what I might be breathing in.  It is strengthening my system.   If the mask isn’t helping me, then it isn’t helping others around me either. 

I get it.  This is all contrary to what is being spread around in the media.  And right now, the numbers are increasing.  That is for a couple of reasons.  More people are being tested.  And we are getting back outside and around each other more.  The more important number is if the numbers in the hospitals are spiking.  So far, I have noticed an increase in hospitalizations in Colorado but the percentage compared to those sick is lower.  We are making progress. 

Mental Health is also very Important to our ability to resist the virus.  So, stay safe but also be smart about what you might need to be healthy.  That is equally important.  You don’t need a mask in the car.  You don’t need a mask to go out for a walk or a hike.  And the fresh air will do you good. 

It’s time to start getting back to normal if you can. 

Don’t push it if you don’t feel well but if you are feeling good, maybe its time to venture out and take back pieces of your life that make you feel good. 

What did I do on my vacation?

I ate at some great restaurants.  I laid in the pool every day for several hours, without sunscreen.  I got my toenails painted.  I watched movies and had great conversation.  I feel amazing and I know the risk was worth it for me.  I’m glad I went. 

I wanted to share this with those of you that feel well enough to venture out.  To see what is possible for you and to take back pieces of your life that will allow you to reduce some of the stress of this crazy year.  Think about it. 

At the very least, get yourself some sun and some fresh air. 

Help your body strengthen itself so you can undo some of the negative results of being stuck inside and masked all the time. 

I hope you have a great week.  Take care and chat soon. 

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