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Photo Emily Nolan, NYC Michael Weschler

The best way I shorten the duration of a head-splitting cold—the kind that makes me want to poke holes above at the top of my eye sockets and temples to relieve the pressure–is FOMO (fear of missing out). Matt gets up to make coffee and I hear the dog tapping on the hardwood and I’m up with gusto, throwing on my laid out running clothes—like I wear anything else—and quickly make my morning cup of Earl Grey tea, all before Matt steps out of his man kingdom–the bathroom–with his iPad turned to the WSJ homepage to not so gently demand, “Take it easy!”

Take it easy, huh?

A recent bout with a very short-lived head cold–thanks FOMO–has been a wonderful teacher.

We’re conditioned to do this “take it easy” thing only when we’re sick. Take a day off…when you’re sick. Why should I wait to take it easy until I’m sick? I can’t even binge watch Madam Secretary without turning the volume up to college party to compensate for the 89% deafness caused by the pressure I consistently deny building in my ears.

I’m resolving to say, “take it easy,” more frequently to people who aren’t already sick. Don’t you think we should all take it easy, even when we’re struggling? Because honestly, we’re all just winging it, no matter how great our poker face.

Take it easy from stressing out about how many followers you need on social media. They will find you in divine time. Take it easy from needing to respond to people on social media immediately–maybe you take the weekends off to be present with your partner, like I do. Take it easy and answer your emails tomorrow morning–they’ll still be in your inbox, mounting, but still there. Take it easy and call someone instead of texting them.

Take it easy and make a lovely dinner with your family. Play cards or charades. Don’t work on the weekends if you can manage. Take it easy and go for a long pointless walk with your dog on a Saturday afternoon. Take it easy and walk freely in your sports bra to let your belly see the light of day.

Life is already beautifully complex, without the iPhone, without body image concerns, without a short-lived head cold. There’s no stopping to smell the roses when you’re congested. So, take it easy, today.

photo Michael Weschler

Kind Contributor Emily Nolan

Emily Nolan is a professional model, teacher and founder of nonprofit, TOPLESS yoga, a globally recognized empowerment event used as a tool for practicing radical self-acceptance. Emily hosts The Hum, a women’s fellowship retreat which emphasizes listening to our Hum within. Through her mission-based work, Emily has sparked a global conversation around body image.

Nolan is currently writing her first book, Pretty Brave.

Find Emily Nolan at @iamemilynolan // emilynolan.com.

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