Re-entry back to work overall has been good. I’m really tired, but I knew that I would be. I fall asleep before 9pm, and wake up to my grounding morning rhythms of reading, journaling, yoga, and making breakfast before walking across the street to school.
Currently, during professional development, we have an hour off for lunch so Chels and I walk back to our apartment and eat lunch before going back to school for the afternoon.
We love that our apartment is clean, calming, and relaxing to come home to. The last week it has provided a set amount of time to process the morning and mentally prepare for the afternoon, while eating a meal slowly.
After work includes lifting weights together, making dinner, reading or a small apartment project that still isn’t done. Our goal is to have everything hung on the wall and all furniture put together by next weekend before school starts.
I see glimpses of what I’ve internalized in being sick. I care more about my life outside of work. I know my lifestyle needs to be sustainable. I enjoy the simple aspects of everyday life. My life has simplified in so many ways. In short: I know who I am, I know my limits, and I’ve learned to enjoy the healthy things I need to do so I can be as healthy as possible.
In many ways, I’m proud of that last statement. Because I used to despise all the healthy things I had to do in order to function well, while everyone else didn’t have to think about what they ate or conserving energy. Now, it’s a lot easier to accept what my life has become. And I’m a much healthier person because of it, even if I have to say no to many other things.