Even superheroes have days where they feel completely exhausted and unable to go out into the world. I call these days reset days. I literally do nothing as my body is already telling me that I have done too much already. I try to eat good food as eating doesn’t even sound like a good idea. These days are usually accompanied by a migraine, body aches and overall exhaustion. Today was one of those days for me.
Since Sunday’s sighting of a cobra, I have been dreaming about snakes and waking up at weird hours of the night. This morning I woke up with 4 dogs moving around the bed and had to pee. I finished my business in the bathroom and the snagged my second toe under the door. My toenail instantly turned purple. I also had a migraine going from my shoulders all the way up and around to my forehead. I drank some water thinking that maybe I was dehydrated. This proved to be ineffective.
At 4am, I woke up again and was sweating. I was running from a snake in my dream that was incredibly fast and I could make any sounds out of my mouth. I had to inform Rahul sir that I would not be talking any of my morning classes. After tossing and turning for about and hour and a half from feeling miserable, I chugged some more water. It felt almost like I was hungover but I never drink alcohol on the weekends, if at all. I watched some documentaries on Netflix. One was about a Murder in Hawaii and the other was about a marching band famous from the movie, Drumline.
i finally got the energy to get a massage with an herbal bun. It was fantastic. My energy was low already and, after the massage, I was completely done. I came home, turned on Netflix again and fell asleep by 7:30pm. I woke up once at midnight, at 2am and finally just gave up at 4:30am.
I learned a valuable lesson in all of this: Take care of yourself. I have been running nonstop for several months now and have not taken the time to mindfully rest. I know when my body needs to rest and I have to honor that any time it tells me to do so. Drinking all the water in the world, eating all the right food and practicing asanas and pranayama won’t won’t ever replace the rest that my body needs.