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The world won’t end if you take a day off

So, I got food poisoning this week.

Not my idea of a good time. But it happens. And, unfortunately, it happens more than I would like. (Probably my own fault for eating out a lot and trying adventuresome foods!)

Anyhow, I woke up sick.

And my first thought was:


Seriously. I have a mile-long to-do list. I already felt behind in everything and there was SO MUCH I needed to get done.

How could I just take an entire day off, lounging in bed doing nothing but being sick and binging on tv shows?

Whelp–guess what! That’s just what I did.

And I am totally fine. (I recommend re-watching old episodes of the New Girl & Mindy Project when you’re under the weather btw.)

The world did not end.

I didn’t accomplish a single thing on my to-do list.

And that’s OKAY.

Sometimes, you just need to take a day off and do nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

I needed it. I should have done it intentionally. But the food poisoning was the Universe’s way of saying LORA HOGAN YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN.


Sometimes we all need to slooooooooooow down.

And that can be the hardest thing in the world to do.

To take a break.

To not do our work.

To not go to our fitness classes, social events, run our errands, etc.

To not get anything “productive” done.

Because sometimes resting *is* the productive thing to do.

Am I little behind now?


But the world didn’t end.

Things keep going.

It’s okay to be sick.

It’s okay to truly rest.

It’s okay to do nothing sometimes besides sleep, drink tea, and watch mindless comedies.

It’s OKAY.

In fact, it’s healthy.

I pledge to make time for more down time. To be okay with letting go of the obligations, the never-ending to-do list, to watch my shows without feeling guilty.

Because rest is healthy. Rest is good. We can’t go-go-go all the time.

The world doesn’t end because you take a pause.

Just get back in the next day feeling rested and restored.

It shouldn’t take a bout of food poisoning to allow for chill time.

It should be something we do regularly, whenever the body and mind need it.

And it’s good. It’s healthy. It should be *encouraged.*

We don’t need to go-go-go all the time. Sure, the to-do lists may be huge. But it is OK to cross them off at a later date. To ask for more time if needed, to respect your body and mind. It’s not weakness to be sick and do nothing. It’s actually strength to know when to rest, when to take time for you, and when to detach from the world for a little bit.

So I’m grateful for my food poisoning for giving me the opportunity to do nothing.And not feel the slightest bit guilty about it.

I’ll be back up and running like normal again asap. And will be all the better for taking the needed rest.

Do you struggle with being sick, resting, or taking time-off?


  • Lucie Palka

    March 7, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I have taken almost 2 weeks off after my 10 km race since I had 2 back to back colds. my body is telling me to slow down! I don’t feel guilty! I’m better now and ready to back at it!