I have alluded in my Instagram feed to a new job, and I am currently in week 8. It’s been almost six years since my last job change. This opportunity was akin to a big shiny ball rolling across my path and I felt like I had chase after it or I’d always regret not doing so.
Is the work I do for a paycheck, the work I’m put on this earth to do? I don’t think so, but I’m now in my late 30s and with an advanced degree, I feel like I am in that sweet spot where my education and work experience has led me to a place where I finally have a decent level of professional competency (imagine that!?). My days are non-stop and often stressful, and on top of that, changing jobs is in and of itself, STRESSFUL. It’s hard to not know everyone’s name and role and where to put your lunch in the office fridge, or who to call when you can’t find the right file on the server. Beyond that, I am in a role where I am the only person who does my job, where I came from a larger company where three people did my same job. It’s HARD not to have someone to check my thinking on things or to help me make tough decisions.
What has helped me get through the transition, maintain perspective and not completely freak out/melt down, is taking really good care of myself. That means dropping whatever I am doing and getting ready for bed starting at 8:00pm. It means making sure coffee and smoothies and lunch is made and packed for the next day, and getting regular exercise during my lunch hour, as I have been doing for the last two years. I found a gym nearby my new office (I’m commuting the same distance, but in the opposite direction) and I am keeping my body fueled right.
Here is my rough fueling/fitness plan for the day:
5:15 Rise / drink water
5:30-6:00 Walk/jog with the dog
6:30 – 7:00 am – commute & drink coffee or matcha
7:30 ish – Work while drinking 1 quart of green smoothie & refill my Ball quart jar with water (I like these straws / lids)
10:00 – break to eat 1 toasted Food for Life English muffin with PB, drink more water.
noon-1:00 work out / run / shower
1:30 – eat leftovers for lunch at my desk, fill up quart jar and drink water (maybe with a little lemon or apple cider vinegar) throughout the afternoon.
3:30 – break for snack (Lundberg rice cakes with hummus), drink more water.
5:15 – 5:45 commute
6:00-6:45 walk the dog
7:00 – assemble / eat some simple dinner / graze 😉
8:00/8:30 start getting ready for bed / lay out clothes, pack gym bag / read
9:00 / 9:30 – lights out.
Here’s what I have learned in the last 8 weeks. When I am RELENTLESS in the consistency of taking care of myself, I am much better prepared to manage stress and change. I hope this might be helpful for you in some way. I would love to hear from you if so. XOXOX