My life has raced along since the start of 2016. Right out of the gate, my life at work was off to the races. It will likely be much the same throughout the year as we grow and expand several new wellness programs.
If you have ever ran, biked, swam, rowed or otherwise been in a race, you may know that giving your all during that race takes a toll on the body at the very same time it can be invigorating and exciting. Most races are short-lived and have a specific distance after which you can rest and recover before training for the next.
Each day often feels like a race. At the end of the workday, I come home, walk my dog, feed us both and then crash. I only hope that my body gets enough rest and recovery time before starting the next leg of race for the week as I go. At the end of the workweek races, I have very little left of me.
In response to this wonderfully exciting, not likely to end anytime soon, race at work, I have had to make some adjustments in my self-care and planning on weekends and evenings.
I have stepped up my healthy eating to yet another level, have set my bedtime routine earlier and my phone/screen time after work has been limited. So far, these changes have been helpful in being able to make it through the workweek, but doesn’t always allow for there to be energy to do much other than rest and recover on weekends.
It has made for some great bonding time with my alien vampire baby dog Ruby
, but it hasn’t allowed for as much social time with my friends and family. I am still getting some on the weekends, but with my level of fatigue and the colder temperatures, that is a bit more challenging to do.
There have already been many extras and many exciting things in 2016, for which I am both grateful and feel honored. (Lightning Hero Award!) My plan is to keep honing my self-care as I move through month #2 of 2016 to keep the momentum going.
How is 2016 treating you so far? Do you ever feel like you are always off to the races?