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Be your own nurse: listen to what your body’s telling you and forget about guilt

Sometimes you’ve got to advocate for your own needs, for the sake of your health
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Sometimes you’ve got to advocate for your own needs, for the sake of your health

Despite losing a much-needed hour's sleep, I was glad when the clocks went forward. Not only can we look forward to long light evenings, it means winter is over, symbolically at least.

The ‘dark season’ has really taken its toll on me this year and I’ve struggled greatly with my health these past few months. Given the wisdom of hindsight, I should have listened to my body way back in December and added some rest into my cocktail of prescribed medications.

But no, struggle on valiantly is what I did. Isn’t that what hard workers do? This strategy worked until my body nearly gave way on me and I was forced to stop.

Guilt about taking time off

Despite all the clinical evidence

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