R&R– rest and relaxation. These words are designed to provoke an “aaahhhhh” from all of us. We work hard all the time, juggling work, family, friends, money, home, etc. Like so:
What do we yearn for? R&R. Rest and relaxation. Just saying it can make us breathe easier. Try it now, and to help even more, look at this picture:
For me lately, though, R&R has meant rest and recovery. Maybe this sounds good too– after all, recovery is a hopeful word and optimistic process. I posted about having gotten pneumonia at the beginning of January. I rested a ton– there was really no choice, as I was flattened– but then started my teaching semester. I tried to take it easy and rest for a while. But then I was ready to resume my regular schedule of (among other things) exercise, training for cycling, occasionally vigorous yoga, and cross country skiing when the conditions cooperated.
Well, no. That just hasn’t happened. I’ve found myself repeating the following cycle:
- becoming bored and frustrated with not doing much physically and doing less socially;
- forcing myself to do a regular schedule one day with teaching, errands, maybe a yoga class or other physical activity, or an evening social event;
- feeling completely exhausted from that one so-called regular day;
- noticing my cough coming back and blaming myself and the world for feeling sick still/again;
- canceling whatever social or physical activities I had optimistically planned for the next few days;
- resigning myself to resting a while longer.
Last week this happened. It was a relatively warm day last week, and I decided to ride my Brompton to an appointment that was a 20-minute ride away. Easy-peasy. Uh, no. 5 minutes in I started coughing. I should’ve turned around. But I stuck it out. When I got to my meeting, I coughed for the next 25 minutes. My friend said, maybe you should take an Uber/Lyft home. I agreed. But did I? No. I thought, it’s only 20 minutes– I’ll ride slowly. Bad idea! I felt horrible and had to cancel more events I had planned.
Today is a beautiful unseasonably warm day in February here in Boston. I’m feeling really antsy and ready to get out there on my bike. I had tentatively planned to cycle with my friend Pata. However I’m going to wait just a bit longer. I’m still coughing, so this time I’ll do a nice walk. It’s not as fun for me as cycling, but I need a little more recovery time.
Argh. Sigh. Hmmmphf.