Balancing Life and a New NP Position
Now that I am 6 months into my new career, I realize that I need to get some balance back into my life. Starting not only a new job, but a new career, is incredibly consuming on one's personal resources.
Initially, I would come home from a long day, and it took all my strength to be a good mom for my 2 year old, and then manage to at least eat, or take a shower, or something necessary for a normally functioning human.
I would worry about the events of the day and toss and turn at night over particular patients and their problems.
I cannot remember the last time I exercised. Social events have been fewer and farther between (so TIRED!). My work wardrobe is really sad because I haven't mustered up the time to go shopping. At least right now I am reading a new book.
I work 10 hours days, 4 days a week (actually between commute and paperwork, really a 12 hour day). At first, my days off were barely enough to recuperate and get back at it again.
However, I am very slowly starting to feel that work should be just a PART of my life again, not the epicenter. I am not thinking about work as much when I am not there. I am bouncing back much better over the weekends. In fact, I am becoming more relaxed at work itself.
I did get a gym membership last week. Now the hard part -- actually USING it...