For colds, light exercise and a steamy shower afterwards often help clear it up. However, if my body is truly exhausted and "Sending me to bed" to rest, then I listen to it and try to take a day off to just drink lots of fluids and focus on healthy fuel for recovery. If I'm bummed about missing a workout, I try to focus on planning what I will do after I get better.
I often have to take breaks from running because I have knee issues off and on and have to cross-train when it acts up. It's hard to stop, but it's just what my body needs. If I don't listen it will just get worse.
You are developing a new lifestyle and learning to rest occasionally is healthy.
Just remember to focus on maintaining your motivation and getting right back into your healthy habits and routines once you are recovered and you will be fine!
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