It’s been typical November weather in the north of England today. And that means… rain. And lots of it. Our bedroom is on the third floor of our house and when it rains it sounds like it’s surrounding you. But I love that. Waking up to the sound of the rain hammering down all around me makes me feel like I’m waking up in the rainforest.
Today is Saturday, otherwise known as lie-in day, so once I realised I was awake and there was no radio alarm to shatter my imaginings, I kept my eyes closed, extending the rainforest fantasy for as long as possible.
Soothing sounds aren’t the only benefit of a rainy day on a weekend though. When it’s hammering it down outside, it doesn’t necessarily motivate you to get outside and go for a hike. In fact, even a walk into town can seem a bit like too much hard work. And yes, you heard me right, I said ‘benefit’ when I started this paragraph.
Sometimes it’s good to just take a day to sit on the sofa and do absolutely nothing. If you’re autoimmune, my guess is that stress is or was partly to blame. And when you’re trying to heal from an autoimmune disease, managing cortisol (stress hormone) levels is part of the picture and is nearly as important as watching what you eat. And nothing says stress management like curling up on the sofa with a loved one and a steaming mug of herbal tea.
I feel better just thinking about it.
So, whereas I used to feel guilty at the end of a day when I didn’t even get out of my pyjamas, feeling as though I had wasted a day, now I give myself permission to slow down and chill out knowing that I’m actually contributing to my health and helping myself get better.
Don’t get me wrong, spending every day sat on the sofa would not be a good idea – exercise is important too. But you also need to make time to reacquaint yourself with old friends… it’s just these friends live in the TV… and they’re called Judge Judy and Jeremy Kyle… and some of them live in simulated computer games.
I’m a little bit sad to say that tomorrow is meant to be clear skies and rain-free. But then again, when is the weather forecast ever right anyway?
What do you do on your duvet days? Do you beat yourself up when you spend all day on the couch or embrace the opportunity to relax and chill out?
Brunch: Leftover Honey Garlic Chicken Wings with a baby leaf and pear salad and a tiny bit of leftover sweet potato mash. I followed this with a banana, berry and coconut milk smoothie.
Dinner: Grilled Skirt Steak and Carrot and Ginger Rice with a slice of honeydew melon for dessert.
Snacks: 1 x persimmon, 2 x fruit leather
Pain level (out of 10)
Again, started out without much pain around a 1 or 2, which went away as the day went on. Pain didn’t return at all into the evening despite the fruit intake. Maybe I’m getting better!
EDIT: Maybe I’m not getting better. Pain shot up to about a 6 at about 10.30pm last night. Not sure what triggered it. Too much fruit? Not enough movement? Who knows. Guess this is why I’m not a doctor.