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Slow down...

11:57 AM

...you move to fast. You got to make the morning last...
The opening line from Simon and Garfunkel's "The 59th Street Bridge" song, is stuck in my head at the moment.
Those who follow me on Facebook, already know I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday. Nothing major, my tummy didn't fully agree with the rest of my body in the morning, and by mid-day I was feeling tired, had the sniffles and a sore throat. All symptoms that could be everything an nothing at such point and only required me to just take a day off...from everything.
I haven't really stopped running since Ganesh Chaturthi on August 29th. Thanks to the last minute extended school holiday, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to keep a super active, mega social 5 years old entertained while the monsoon made a come back with a downpour from hell. Downpour which had us trapped inside on most days. We also ended up heading to the doctor for a pinworm infestation, followed by a ringworm eczema on the face, and a return to get a written note saying she could attend school as her teacher wanted to keep her out because of it. Jam in a few gymnastics classes, and play dates, a kitty party I was hosting and the usual everyday chores and errands and you have a recipe for exhaustion.
I am convinced that my feeling a bit funky yesterday was due to all that. And in such cases, I listen to my body and lift my foot off the gas pedal. Moms can't really be sick, we all know it, or at least can't be sick and do nothing but rest. So I limited my burden, and the instant Ishita was in the school bus, just grabbed a cup of tea, a plate of cream healthy crackers ( you know the ones from Britannia), put my legs up and watched the Big Bang Theory (not sleepy enough to nap).
A day living off crackers, bananas, tulsi tea and chicken soup, doing just the minimum houshold wise and an early bedtime was pretty much what I needed to feel fresher this morning. At my best? Nope? But functional enough.
Sometimes it is better not to fight anything and go with the flow, especially during the festive season. I wouldn't want to be burned out by the time Diwali comes, since we are heading to Lucknow this year.


  1. Anonymous5:27 PM

    I suggest you try taking Chawanprash. I think you know what it is. This ayurvedic preparation is especially for this season. Humid season predictably causes stomach trouble, respiratory infections and flus and saps your energy. Chawanprash is rich in amla which has vitamin C. You can take it at night with milk or even otherwise. Tastes sour sweet. It is very good for building immunity and rejuvenates your body. But you have to buy the sugar free one I guess. I think you are already herbal tea and stuff like that.


    1. I tried it many time and HATE it, the taste the texture, the everything, and I am not a big fan of milk, so putting it in milk did not improve a thing. I take Cod Liver oil for immunity, and eat a lot of fresh fruits for the vitamin C. It works because when I fall sick it is never for very long

  2. Anonymous5:53 PM

    I remember you writing a similar article like this long time back :)

    1. I don't think I have written something similar, I don't mind Indian food being eaten with the hands and shared. I just think meal time should be sacred enough for people to take the time to sit down and eat as a family, which my in-laws do :-)

  3. Sounds like a one-off malfunctioning of the tummy and the consequent discomfort it brings about. All of us face this once in a while. Like you said, it's better to lie low, slow down, but just go along as your body tells you. I am sure you are fit and fine, again. :)

    1. It was exactly that! I am back to my old self. It is amazing how just a little rest can sometimes be the best medicine one could take.


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