What I learned whilst ill

What I learned whilst ill

Hi everyone and welcome to my Wednesday wisdom video today I thought I would talk to you a little bit more about what happened when I was ill recently and what I learned. 

So being a self-employed person often means you don’t get sick pay and you have to work when you’re ill. So recently I was quite ill at the start of February and then again at the start of March it is never ending. And to be honest, I learned a couple of things about myself and I thought I would share that with you guys and some of the lessons learned.

The first lesson that I learned was that I cannot switch off.

I never used to be like that when I was in the corporate world. When I was ill, I was ill and I was not checking my emails. This time round in February, I was so ill and I was still checking my emails every five seconds.

And do you know what I should have done? 

I should have just switched that off, let my clients know and rested because I was making it worse. I was giving myself work. 

I was foggy headed, I couldn’t concentrate and I was getting stressed that work was building up. And really what I should have done is just let everybody know that I wasn’t feeling too well, but you just have that sense of responsibility to your clients. So that was really hard. 

The second thing that I learned was I do need to keep my mind active.

I was, um, laying in bed going, I’m so bored. So I ended up learning basic Spanish. Why not? YouTube is a great resource for keeping you entertained and making sure you learn new things. So if there’s something that you want to know, you can probably find it on YouTube.

So in the meantime, I have learned some basic Spanish, Hola! Mi llamo Helen. So it’s great to be able to know about basics. 

When you’re self-employed, as I mentioned you don’t get paid and you do have to kind of work for it. But my advice and the advice that other people gave me was give yourself a break. Take the days to recover because if you don’t, it prolongs how you feel and it makes things worse. 

And actually three days in bed might be better than 10 days working firing on half piston. So it’s better just to take that time. So with everything that’s going on at the moment, don’t worry, I haven’t had a coronavirus or anything like that. It was just, I get ill quite easily sometimes. 

It’s just a note to be kind to yourself. If you’re not feeling well, let your clients know and take the time to recover. I hope that’s helpful. Please do like and share and I look forward to seeing you on my next Wednesday wisdom. Bye for now.

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