What is the Purpose of Having the Flu?

Have you ever woken up one day, having totally recovered from, oh let’s say, the flu with a new zest for life? The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and you feel like dancing zest for life?

It’s not just me, is it?

Over the years, and over the course of those years suffering from bouts with the flu, a bad head cold, earache or bronchitis, I’ve often experienced the feeling of a reboot after recovering from these ailments.

What if the purpose of having the flu is actually to make us more mindful and appreciate our lives even more?

I’m getting pretty philosophical here, right?

What do you think is the purpose of having the flu?  Head on over to my private FB Group – Life-On Purpose and let us know your thoughts on this deep question.

Good health to you!  Or…………maybe a reboot to you?

❤️Coach Wendy

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  1. I believe our body is always talking to us. Whenever something pops up (such as the flu), it’s our body’s way of getting our attention. Maybe it’s to slow down or maybe it’s to get our mind off of what’s stressing us out at the moment. Whatever the reason might be, our body is speaking to us. Then the question becomes, “Are we listening?”

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    1. Hi Elda,

      Yes, it’s like a “reset”.

      I always answer my body when it tries to tell me something. Like – “Oh, right. I need to slow my roll. Thank you for that reminder”.

      ❤️Coach Wendy

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  2. I’m sorry you caught the flu! I seem to have tons of motivation and ideas when I’m sick in bed. I watch television, and after every gym commercial, I vow that I’m going to get back on track! So maybe, for me, being sick is a way of rebooting, starting over.

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  3. I think we’ve been long conditioned not to listen to our bodies, so we don’t often hear the subtle messages we’re receiving all the time. When an illness forces us to rest – to withdraw from all the normal activities that push at us – it makes sense that when we “recover” we’re in a refreshed re-booted state. I just read something I found interesting about “stimulus fatigue” – that we’re getting more and more conditioned to the need to respond to things more quickly (thanks in a great part to social media and instant response demands to messages). We get so overwhelmed it’s paralyzing. So time away/time resting gives us a break and allows to see anew.

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    1. Deborah,

      I think you are right. 100%

      I’ve never heard the term “stimulus fatigue” before but it sure is a thing. I think everyone is struggling with this – to one extent or another. Or depending on the day even.

      Overwhelm is paralyzing.

      Thank you for your thoughts!

      ❤️Coach Wendy

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  4. I suffered a trauma a long time ago, and a few weeks later came down with a terrible version of bronchitis. I was so sick!! Our bodies know what our minds and hearts sometimes do NOT!! Our whole being is interdependent. I am glad you had a “reboot” and felt better after the flu. It is definitely worth the time to TAKE CARE OF SELF…..it takes thought and planning but the extra care we give to ourselves to eat healthy, sleep well, rest and soothe our soul with spiritual time is so much better in the long run.

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  5. Joanne,

    I agree with you completely. We are holistic beings. When one area is in distress, the entire mind and body feel it.

    It does take planning to take care of ourselves. And in the long run, quite worth it.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    ❤️Coach Wendy

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  6. Reading your blog had me think about the old version of myself who would have blamed external situations for getting sick, but the now version of me knows it’s more likely something internal going on that’s trying to get my attention.

    What flu means to me is the body is ridding itself of something toxic and is time to rest and support my body so it can heal. But it’s also time to take a look at what I may need to change in my life that’s not working too well.

    Thank you for providing the opportunity to reflect on my behaviors and beliefs.

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  7. I know that feeling! I often have it also when I get home from traveling. It’s like I see my house for the first time, get lots of ideas, and appreciate it so very much. Sometimes it takes a lack of something (health, people, home) to truly appreciate it.

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    1. Hi Naomi,

      Thank you for sharing that. I agree – it is like traveling as well. Upon return, you see your home with fresh eyes.

      And like you, I so appreciate being home – and sleeping in my own bed!

      ❤️Coach Wendy

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  8. I agree with you about this. I truly believe there is such a connection between our physical health and our emotions. At the end of last year, I dealt with chronic allergies that drastically affected my life. There was a lot of loss and life transition. Eventually it caught up with me. I have made healing a priority and now that I am feeling better. I am grateful and want to learn from that time. Thank you for sharing.

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