I have been back at work now for almost three months. And, not surprisingly, it hasn’t been easy to find balance.
I have tried hard by being super organised.
I have been planning the week’s meals and grocery shopping on a Sunday. However, by Thursday I am just too tired to find the energy to cook and we order take away.
I’ve tried to set up my days so I can exercise 3-4 times a week but the Winter weather here (dark, cold and polluted) has conspired against me to make it very difficult to go for a run outside. This means I have to run inside on a treadmill, which I find really boring which in turn impacts my motivation to get out of bed and exercise.
I have even tried to structure time in the week to write. (I call it Executive Time in my calendar.) Unfortunately meetings and work priorities have meant I haven’t had the opportunity to write very often.
All of these things have contributed to me feeling crappy, depressed and even a little bit cranky.
This week I found some “Executive Time” and wrote in my journal everything I was feeling. I poured out my feelings. I listed my frustrations. I even ranted for a bit.
Then I read over what I had written. Wow! I need to relax a little and not beat myself up because I’m not hitting every goal at 100%.
So, today as I write I am making some commitments to myself.
- I need to go easy on myself. No-one is perfect.
- Winter is never the time of the year when I am at my best.
- I’ve only just returned to work and it takes time to build routines.
Do I feel better? Not completely. But a little. And that’s OK. Life is a journey.