Crawl into bed, head hurts, don’t even want to watch tv sick. My body starting aching all over on Monday. I figured it was just from a busy weekend and that enjoying a night on the couch on Monday night would take care of it, but no luck. I popped tylenol/advil all day on Tuesday but by the time I got home from work, I felt awful. I forced myself to go to the gym for 30 minutes because I thought it would make me feel better…No luck again, it made me feel worse. As soon as I got home, I crawled into bed. It was 8:39pm.
Jared got home twenty minutes later so I woke up to talk to him. My mom called at 9:30pm and I got into a half-asleep-don’t know-what-I’m-saying fight with her on the phone. Oops. I think I ended up just hanging up on her so I could go back to sleep. Sorry, mom. I’m sick.
I slept for 10 hours….and still felt awful in the morning. For some weird reason, I forced myself to go to work on Wednesday. Not sure how I made it. During my 11am meeting, I started fading, but I was feeling stingy about using one of my (only 5 total!) sick days, so I stuck it out through the day and got a surprising amount of work done. I went to whole foods at lunchtime for a kombucha. Do you think these really help an immune system? Regardless, it sounded really good.
I sported ridiculous dark circles under my eyes (despite my 10 hour night’s sleep) all day. Ugh.
Today I’m feeling a little better had already planned to work from home, so it’s good– I can handle concentrating on work stuff, it’s just the sitting at my desk thing that isn’t going to work for me. I’m currently in yoga pants, on the couch, with my laptop.
But honestly besides not feeling well, I’m also SO FRUSTRATED. I used to NEVER get sick (well not never, but only like once every 2 years). In the past year, I’ve been sick at least 5 times. I am starting to get so angry about it. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, I exercise, and I take my vitamins, so what gives?
Well, I thought about what’s changed in my lifestyle and I’m pretty sure that I’m getting sick because of all the SITTING I’ve been doing the past two years. I complain insessently about my long commute and it’s not just the boredom factor, it really does make me feel awful (it takes me 2.5 hours total each day). I used to walk 3 miles each way to work and it was the best two hours of my day. I could clear my head, get some fresh air, and stretch my legs. I’m pretty sure it kept me healthy too. Now I sit in the car only to get to work and sit all day in front of the computer (with no fresh air in our office, btw). I usually get outside for a walk, but it’s only 30 minutes or so.
Even Dr. Oz says sitting can make you sick. And this article too.
It’s no secret or surprise, nothing new. People have been talking about the negatives of sitting for a while now. Frankly, I’m so sick of it (no pun intended), but it’s one of those things that I don’t know how to fix (yes I could move or find a new job, but those are more complicated solutions and I won’t get into it on the blog). Our culture has gotten so sitting-focused. I can try for more walks or a future job that doesn’t involve so much sitting, but we’ll see.
Anyway– enough venting about that. Today, I’m sipping kobucha, popping tylenol, and answering emails. At least my immune system is good enough that I should be better by tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
– How often do you get sick?
– How many hours do you sit per day?
– What are your sick home rememdies that I can do to get better soon?
– Do you ever accidentally answer the phone when you’re sleeping? I usually do….luckily, it’s usually close friends or family late at night, so they don’t judge if I’m incoherent.