Hi friends! Happy Thursday!
Hope it has been a great week so far!
As most of you know I’ve had a recent job change. Along with that, our schedule has changed. Before, it was standard: Drew dropped off Maxwell at daycare in the morning and I picked him up on days that I had to work. We became a well oiled machine at the process. Along with pickup and drop off, we also figured out the best way to fit in gym time, us time, individual time with Maxwell, etc.
Now I’m working in the clinic, where I have staggered start times. I can start at 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, or 10:30am. Meaning that I get home about 9 hours after those start times. We’re still in an adjustment period over here.
Any time you are making a big transition in life: moving, going from college to work life, changing jobs, having a baby, going from slow season to busy season…it definitely changes your routine. Expected.
BUT, today I’m writing this post to day: FIGURE out how to take care of yourself during the transition, and restart your healthy routines without (much) pause.
I see a lot of people get stressed/overwhelmed and stop working out. They’ll start again “when things slow down”. Only to shelve exercise for months. Or all of the sudden they are feeling the time crunch and grabbing for unhealthy food options or ordering out much more than normal.
The trouble with that? Exercising and eating well has been proven to be some of the very best ways to control stress, anxiety, and depression. A lot of people view them as optional, but I think more and more of us are realizing how much of an impact they can have in our lives. And I’m guessing you can see WHY exercise and eating well would be so important during life transitions. Even if your life transition is happy, I’m guessing in the beginning you’ll feel a little unsettled and stressed. PSA: don’t skimp on your sleep during transitions either!
I was just chatting with my healthy minded girlfriend Kelly, who has recently changed jobs and cities. We were talking about how important it is for us to continue our healthy habits DURING our transitions. Yes, this is what I talk to some of my friends about 🙂
What does this mean? For me it means figuring out the best way to fit my workouts in. It is my goal to workout 5 days per week. After transitioning to a clinic schedule, I’ve learned that it is easiest for me to get two of the workouts in on the weekend. That way, I only have 3 days that I need to workout during the week. I’m off of work two weekdays per week, so if I take advantage of both of those. Meaning I only have to figure out ONE workday a week to workout. I figured this out early on after my schedule adjusted. This is really awesome because I can maximize my Maxwell time every week and I don’t feel like I’m rushing from one thing to the other. Food wise, nothing had to change. I’m able to pack nutritious snacks and a healthy lunch from day 1 of the new job.
From Kelly, she plans to find a new gym. Perhaps even start teaching again at a new studio. Pack her work snacks and lunches from the start.
Bottom line: think of eating well, sleeping enough, and exercise as ways that can EASE your life transitions instead of thinking of them as EXTRA/optional tasks to complete.
Have a great weekend everyone!