This week I went back to work after a 4 month break. I only worked 30 hours but I was shattered! I’m on a phased return. A couple of low intensity weeks, then a weeks holiday (with immediate house moving on my return!), then, as someone asked me ‘will you be back to normal?’.
In my time off I have reflected on what makes a healthy happy life for me and evidently it isn’t what I was doing 6 months ago. I’m a real ‘type A’ personality – I’ve known that for a very long time. I like to push the boundaries, work hard, achieve things. For many years this has served me quite well. This time last year I had a contract for 48 hrs per week and I worked nearer 60. At Christmas I reduced my contract to 40 hrs, but probably still worked 48. Now I’m planning to work 40. It’s going to be hard for me, because I will feel guilty even though I shouldn’t! It doesn’t sound much but 8 hrs is 2 hours for 4 days. That’s time to go for a slow, aerobic stress busting run, or to sit quietly and enjoy being alone or to meet up with a friend or family member to drink tea and catch up.
Despite my reduced schedule I only managed 2 runs this week. OK there’s a lot to do with the imminent house move but I know that I am bad at prioritising myself – I often come a poor third after work and immediate family. It’s time to change though. I need to start looking at my week ahead and put those runs in my diary. I used to do it before but would end up ‘running late’ and be too tired anyway.
which reminds me – time I was in bed, I’m getting up to run in the morning!
Take it easy! Slow is better😊