Little did I know that when I got shingles three years ago, it would completely change my life. While most people suffer shingles in silence, mine was on my face and therefore I had to explain to people what was going on with my rash and fatigue. Now that I’m past it, I wanted to share that you too can survive shingles and even in the depths of pain and fatigue, shingles can change your life. Here are three ways shingles changed my life.
Shingles Reminded Me to Workout Regularly
Shingles attacked my compromised immune system and one of the reasons why my immune system was compromised is because I wasn’t working out on a regular basis. After I got well I promised myself to workout and 3 years later I’m still on track!
Shingles Made Me Slow Down
When I got shingles I had just started a new job and purchased a new home in the same month. That combined with a bad cold made my shingles activate. As I look back I think that I was trying to too much at one time. I was running my body ragged, not eating healthy and certainly not working out like I should have been. Forget about meditation, I was just trying to not stress out every single day! Shingles changed my life and taught me to slow down, to listen to my body and to treat it better than ever.
Shingles Forced Me to Look Inward
I mentioned family drama and the details aren’t important but what IS important is the way I reacted to said drama. I should have walked away instead of engaging but simply didn’t and engaging added to my stress. I had to remind myself that I can’t control people I can only control my reaction to them. Thankfully, I was able to take a break from the drama and heal. Even now I steer clear when family issues pop up because I’m reminded what can happen why I focus my energy on things that don’t so me any good. It’s just not worth my health anymore.