Back when I was a young bartender and all my friends were bartenders and my boyfriend was a drug addict and a moocher bartender, I was a person for whom the word ‘party’ was a verb. In fact the only verb I participated in as much as ‘party’ was ‘recovery.’ That’s what we used to call the day after a really late night, a ‘recovery’ day –as if it was out of the ordinary, as if almost all our days were not spent ‘recovering’. I was sad back then. So I changed my life.
These days, that life seems a million years away. Now I don’t take recovery days. I no longer have the kind of nights that require a full day of recovery. I do however take ‘rest’ days.
When you work out you tear your muscles all up and on rest days they are allowed to repair themselves and that is how you get stronger. Rest days and adequate sleep are vital to avoiding injury and pursuing fitness goals. They are also important for mental health.
For me a rest day means that I only walk a mile to the train instead of 3 and I don’t run or hit the gym. I focus on eating well and stretching and foam rolling. Still, getting up at 5:45 am when you don’t start work until 10 am can make it hard to break your routine and fill the time relaxing a little. This morning in observance of my scheduled rest day I decided to use this time to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol. Merry Christmas ya’ll!
As always, below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Please donate to this wonderful cause here!
Donations make a difference
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.