31 Aug 2009
So, I’m finally back to work after being out of a job for a year. Overall, my year was tough, but I learned so much about social media, networking, and basically just reinvented myself professionally. Now, the rubber is meeting the road, and I’m back to work. I started my job at Second Time Around last Monday, so it’s been a full 2 weeks. So, I am more stressed or less stressed than I was when I wasn’t working? Yes :-)
Obviously, being out of work was stressful. It was stressful financially — how was I making ends meet? How long was my unemployment going to last? Would I get the client I was trying to get? It was also just a constant stress of feeling like I needed to do something to move my search or consulting work forward all the time. Even at night, if I wasn’t out socializing or at a networking event, I was very rarely just relaxing in front of the TV or reading. For most of the year, I didn’t really take a break. So, in that way, work seems relaxing! It’s not such a weight hanging over my head, like I felt all year. I do think I’m going to be working at night a bit, having some work travel, or weekend trips (I was in Chicago this week and am going to CT tomorrow), but for some reason, I’m better able to shut my mind off and relax. I can come home at night if I don’t have plans, and take Stella for a leisurely walk, get dinner, and watch TV. Love it!
On the other hand, my schedule couldn’t be more different now than it was for the past year. I got accustomed to having the schedule I wanted. I went to bed no earlier than 2am on most nights, and woke up by 9am at the earliest. If I was tired, I took a nap. I took Stella for a walk in the middle of the day if I wanted. Now, not only do I need to get up at a normal hour for work, I have started working with a personal trainer and am in physical therapy (for my knee), so get up almost every day by 6 or 6:30am. Going to bed at 2am no longer works. Napping in the middle of the day is not recommend, at least if I plan on keeping my job! So, from this perspective I find it more stressful.
But, so far, I seem to be managing OK, and am getting used to going to bed early again. I am LOVING the job. Everyone is incredilby nice, welcoming, and very dedicated to growing this company. There is so much opportunity for marketing and social media, I can’t wait to get some of my ideas moving!
How have you coped with a change in lifestyle like this? Any ideas to help me or others?
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