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Today is my 9th day with this damned cold bug which resulted in 3 days off work and me completely losing my voice. Mental health and physical health go hand in hand; you could say perhaps the stress of recent times caused my immune system to plummet or perhaps my body just went "enough is enough, if you won't stop I'll force you". It works the other way too, feeling ill can seriously effect mental health. Throw in the fact I had to cancel plans I was looking forward to and essentially isolate myself and the last 10 days has not been the best Yet they were necessary. And as my body gains in strength, I can even appreciate it; I needed to rest and I needed to go easier on myself.
Taking the pressures of the daily grind and sorting out my new house out of the equation allowed me to focus on the most important things; myself and my relationship. Once I was ready to I slowly reintroduced activities; Moseley's Festival (my previous post) was taken at a slower pace than it might have been allowing me to breathe in the atmosphere as I recovered. As a result I had a fantastic time.
Sunday we visited Lichfield and its stunning cathedral (Hogwarts mark II?) to be introduced to Neal's auntie Anita and uncle Tony for the first time. Neal's auntie anitaroyeart was showcasing some of her incredible art which we followed with Lichfield Art Festival. This included an absolute gem of a find in letishagordon whose vocals reminded us of the legendary Aaliyah. I loved that day!
Being introduced to Neal's family gives me a sense of pride and Anita's inspiring work, and a laidback day with great company, was exactly what I needed, even though my voice still hadn't fully returned.
I think the lesson is; quality over quantity every time. It's so easy to plan, analyse, plan some more in order to do more, see more, achieve more. But all that fails if you don't plan in time to stop. Time to just be, to breathe, to clear your mind. It keeps you mentally and physically healthier and happier as a result. Balance is key x
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