Don’t Let Summer Run You Ragged — Know When to Rest

Don’t Let Summer Run You Ragged — Know When to Rest
The year has gone by so fast and it's summer already! With all of the summer chaos, we have to remember to put more emphasis on self-care with IBD. Knowing when to rest is going to be especially important. Here in the Carolinas, we're still at 76 degrees at 9 p.m. It is important to stay aware of our bodies and how we are feeling to avoid any unnecessary stress or issues, and to know when to take a break. Knowing when to rest with IBD No one asks to be sick, and I'm sure everyone wants to keep up with their friends and family. And, you still can. Just because you need a break doesn't make you any less fun or important than your friends. Occasionally, it has been hard for me to rest because I "just want to finish what I'm doing," or have so much to do that I "can't possibly imagine quitting now." Usually, on those days, I've packed my schedule full of things that need to be done, but instead of getting everything done, I finish maybe 50% and crash. It's a crash that possibly could have been avoided with just a little TLC and "me time" during the day. My most successful days are not the most successful because I started them differently. It wasn't a case of waking up on the right or wrong side of the bed. I am more productive on these days because of making better decisions throughout my day. During my most productive days, I incorporate these key things to help me through: Know that you are not quitting. Taking a break is not quitting. You're simply acknowledging what your body needs and doing what it asks of you to stay healthy. Understand limits. It's much easier to come back to your work than it is to come back to your health. Don't stress over what needs to be done, take your time, and take breaks as needed. Listen to your body. Are you
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