Work has been a bit intense lately. The long vacation break was very restorative for me, but I returned to sort of a chaotic scene.
I mentioned before that I’m newly responsible for covering a bunch of tasks for someone who recently left. All in all, it’s going okay, but you know how it is when something is new….it just eats up a lot more mental energy.
I don’t fully know what I’m doing (the “training” was pretty fast and furious/relatively nonexistent).
It’s stressful trying to do complex and detailed work to the best of your ability, but without great resources or even always someone to ask questions to. Everything seems to take a little longer than I wish it would (eating up time from my regular work tasks), and too often I have that “floundering fish out of water” feeling.
By the end of the day, my brain hurts. I’ve felt extra tired and drained by 5 pm and I know I’ve been a little cranky/crabby/short tempered with the boys as a result.
Honestly, the entire transition of this person was just not handled the best. Probably because we don’t actually have a manager right now, either. Ha. (Although apparently they’ve now hired one finally, hasn’t started yet.)
There are some perks to all of this, though. I do feel like this experience is broadening my knowledge, and probably ultimately my value, within the department. Learning more about these areas adjacent to my role is overall a positive thing for me, long term. I just wish it could have been handled better instead of mostly just getting dumped on us.
LIFE/ BODY/ HEALTH
All that being said, I’ve been pretty happy with the flow of my days since we’ve been home. I’ve felt quite focused and productive- maybe still riding the “vacation break”?? Or, maybe I’ve just finally figured life out. 😂🤣 KIDDING.
I have been opting for just doing home workouts for now- haven’t been back to the gym yet. With all the extra work stress, I just want to keep things simple. ~30 minute Beachbody workouts are all I’ve been doing, but I’ve been doing them consistently every day, plus a separate 20 minute or so walk (most days). I’m feeling good, physically.
More on this another time, but I’ve also been reading some about anti-inflammatory diets. I capitalized on the natural opportunity to “reset” my diet after being away for 2+ weeks and out of some of my previous eating habits.
As a result, I’ve drastically cut back on my sugar intake, and I feel like I’m already seeing some significant benefits in my skin. (Have struggled with ongoing acne + melasma over past several years). I hope I don’t jinx it by typing this.
Basically, anti-inflammatory diets seem to be a pretty basic “healthy diet”/ low on processed foods/ high in fruits & veggies.
But there are some specific items that I’d like to rotate in more intentionally (berries, olive oil, avocados, nuts, fish, higher fiber foods, broccoli, tomatoes, etc.). Acne and melasma are both exacerbated by inflammation, so this is relevant to me. (Not to mention that chronic inflammation is linked to a a zillion other more serious health problems! So there are lots of reasons to focus on this.)
So far I’m mostly just prioritizing cutting way back on sugar. But I’m hoping to read more on the topic, make some “food lists” to keep handy for meal planning and maybe expand on this whole idea a little in the near future.
I am grateful that Ivan brought me home a brand new pack of TUL gel pens yesterday. 🙂