Take it from someone who starts their day at 4:30am with exercise that everyone needs a day off from time to time. I took yesterday off from work and had the whole day planned out but as my husband’s wise aunt says “we make plans and God laughs.” My day changed drastically because anyone that lives with MCTD knows that weird things happen to our bodies out of the blue. I did not have a flare-up but I spent the entire night up sick and made getting up at 4:30am difficult. I decided to change my day based on my body and stayed in bed until I was ready to go to a late morning Bikram class. I still go to Bikram even when I’m not feeling well because it is easy enough on my body that I can get through most pains and stiffness and feel really refreshed after a class. Again I was not disappointed and felt great. It allowed me to have some fun and enjoy myself today. These types of days I call my days off. I still do some sort of physical activity but just not a 2-3 hour session and not to my full intensity. I can still give my body what it needs without doing harm.
Knowing and understanding what your body needs is critical when dealing with MCTD because every day it is different and if you aren’t listening closely you could miss it. Take time to find what works for you and if rest is what you crave then rest and if you feel great give it all you got.