In my last blog, I hit the reset button on my morning schedule. Work from home days were getting to me. I was slipping into lazy habits. So I committed to:
Water first thing
Coffee while taking a ten-minute flip through the news... no more.
20-minute walk if decent weather, 20 minutes on the elliptical if not.
Yoga for back and hips.
Then get logged into work.
I did very well and it did wonders for my mental health. Some mornings it was hard to get out there but seeing the morning sun made it worth it.
Even when it was overcast, I still found beauty that nurtured my soul.
One morning, I looked up from my phone and saw a coyote trotting straight for me. We both stopped and looked at each other, then it crossed the street and headed off. That woke me up!
Then it happened, a project go live at work two weeks ago. I had to be onsite around several people. It didn't go well. 16 - 20 hour days last week.This past week things improved a bit, 10 - 14 hour days.
I went from working from home since March 14th, and social distancing from family and friends to a lot of sitting, hunching and typing, in a room full of people, some arguing, a lot of petty, passive aggressive tones, some people not always wearing their mask.
I hurt all over from all of the sitting, the tension and anxious feelings being around others all of a sudden. My wrists hurt from all of the typing.
I got a break from work this weekend so I went out early for a slow walk/run this morning before the oppressive heat set in, then began the quest to get the house back in order. I did a yin yoga video for lower back pain while a load of laundry was going.
It's 6:30 pm and I'm fighting sleep but I feel better having some order back.
There have been some days the last two weeks when I slipped into bitter town. There were moments of tears when I was physically and mentally drained. My face is slightly chapped from all those hours in a mask.
But I tried to remember all of the health care and other essential workers that have it worse than I do. I tried to remember "I get to". I get to go to work each day. I get to help out with an important project. I get to choose my reactions to stress.
The sign below is posted at the exit. It helped give myself a little attitude adjustment.
Take good care of yourself!