Ooof, what a week, am I right? For me, and I suspect for some of you as well, this has been the first week back after the holidays. After the merry making and the down time. After all.that.cheese and after days of not having to put on real clothes. On the one hand it feels . . . good . . . to return to a routine. On the other hand it feels like I’d rather be home by the wood stove, reading a great book.
Here are three things that have helped me to cope with having to leave the house (the horror) and go to work this week:
- Changing out of my work clothes and into my flannel pants as soon as I get home. Now. It’s not like I wear a power suit to work, I typically wear jeans and boots and a sweater, but still. Flannel pants are so much better than jeans and they bring me right back to those post Christmas days where I was able to lounge around all the time.
- Seeing my co-workers. I work with some really incredible people who truly care about me. It’s good to collaborate on work stuff with them. It’s also good to have someone besides Dale to talk to about . . . stuff. While he and I are both grieving, his grief is sharper and deeper than mine and I try very hard to be supportive for him and not dump my own sorrow on top of his and expect him to help me through it. Having work friends ask about the holidays, ask how I’m handling the stress and change facing our family, ask how I’m feeling, it’s really a gift.
- Today is payday. Of course, I have direct deposit so I don’t actually have to come to work to collect a paycheck. But still. That paycheck is a sweet reminder of why it matters that I show up and do my job. Simple but true. And very motivating.
How are you coping with the return to normal life? I hope you’re finding things that make it easier for you!
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