Pacing Yourself With An IBD


Living is hard, especially these days.  Working 12+ hours a day has become the norm in the corporate world.  On top of earning a living, we all want to have normal lives past our work and be social with our friends and loved ones.  A big question is when are we doing too much?  This is different for everyone and can change depending on many factors.

Recently I’ve had many friends with an IBD tell me that they had too much on their plate and were starting to feel run down.  If this is even a thought in a person’s head with any chronic condition, then it’s time to take a break even if there isn’t time for one.  

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I know what you might be thinking, I don’t have time for a break.  If the answer to the first question above was “Yes, I’m doing too much.  I feel run down.” then you just have to find the time.  It’s your responsibility to take care of yourself.  The next question you should ask yourself is, what if I get sick?  How much will you be able to get done then?  We all aren’t productive people during a flare.  How much can we get done when we have to curl up in bed for lengthy amounts of time.

The bottom line is you have to do what is in your best interest when it come to your life.  You especially have to do what is best for yourself when it comes to your health.  A while back when going through a tough time, I was told by a good friend “Do what is best for yourself and that is what will be best for the people around you as well”.  This can be applied to so many areas of your life.

If you take the time to do what is best for yourself, you’ll then be happier and healthier.  Capable of doing more, being more productive and a better person over all.  Take some time to think about your busy schedule, think about when you can take a break and if you don’t see a chance to take a break, it’s on you to make time for a break.  Put a block of time once a week in your calendar to relax and take some time for a mental break.  Your mind and body will thank you for it.

Never Stay Quiet!

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