We have all heard of "man flu" -- that space of time where your male partner gets sick and the whole world needs to know about it. They moan, groan and generally laze around feeling miserable instead of carrying on with everyday life as women do.
Women everywhere will gripe about the fact that when they are sick they still have to get the kids organized, still have to run the household, look after others and go to work, yet when the male in the household is ill he instantly takes to his bed and spends days telling us how sick he feels and expecting to be waited on hand and foot.
Man flu is simply men doing what they know their bodies need them to do. REST! Yet for some reason women have it in their heads that men need to be chastised because they take the time to allow their bodies to heal.
It's time women took note. Man flu isn't exclusive to men. It isn't even "man" flu. It's just flu! It's a body needing to rest. It's an immune system fighting for survival. It's nature's way of telling us to slow down. The difference between men and women is that women have been conditioned for centuries to be the ones to hold the family together and to carry on no matter what.
I'm calling BULLs$*t to that!
It's time women started putting themselves first. It's time to look after ourselves when our bodies are crying out for attention. There are no awards for being the one who carries on regardless. There are no prizes for being the woman that can juggle everything while sick.
Women need to allow themselves the necessary time to get over illness and to ask for help! I know that seems shocking but yes, women need to ask for help.
Here are my five reasons why women need to have man flu:
- Our body is a well oiled machine. It has the ability to heal itself. When you are ill you are being shown that your body needs rest. Give it the attention it deserves and it will serve you well for many years to come. Ignore it and you will find yourself attracting more and more illness as the years progress.
So next time you are not feeling well, take the time to have a dose of "man flu" -- you won't regret it!