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For the last year and two weeks (yes I’m counting), I’ve been planning my wedding. I’ve had to spend many lunch hours, nights, and weekends in a sea of wedding to-dos and details. Pile on my full-time job and I’m my co-workers worst nightmare. I’ve had to learn to balance the stress of both worlds and still be a productive, kind coworker. So what did I do?
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Whether I’ve had a calm week, or have had to work through all my lunches, I purposely schedule one lunch a week to workout and de-stress from it all. It’s important to force yourself to take a break in the middle of your day and reset your mind so you can enter the rest of your day with a positive outlook.
My workout of choice is yoga. I’m fortunate to have Yoga Downtown Tampa five minutes away!
I can’t tell you the wonders of what a good night sleep does. Whether I’m worried about a big project deadline or if my mother will embarrass me at my bridal shower, it all seems more manageable when I’ve had at least seven hours of sleep.
Your body is tired but your mind won’t shut off? Try concentrating only on your breathing by taking long inhalations and exhalations. By the time you do 10, you’ll drift off to la la land.
When you’re going 100 miles per hour, the chore of having to cook dinner seems as appealing as eating pigs feet. But I promise you, if you can allocate time to cook healthy dinners and bring in your lunch, you’ll feel that you still have a handle on life. If you’re trying to lose a few extra pounds, eating home-cooked meals are extremely important to include in your diet. Your co-workers will forgive you for not attending Friday lunch outings.
My go-to recipe? Tofu Lettuce wraps. (Yes, you tofu-ophobes can use ground meat too).
Remember to Have Fun
It’s so easy to get caught up with the business of planning and working an eight-hour day, but making time to hang out to attend work happy hours, or simply participating in on the fun Skype conversation will help show your team that you’re still a team player and that you’re still “you”. It also ensures you’ll have co-workers who still want to be your friend after the wedding. 🙂
I couldn’t be happier to reach the end of my to-dos list in just a few weeks, marry the man I love and take a honeymoon to Ireland and Iceland. I also can’t wait to jump back into my regular routine at work and be the happy, fun anal-retentive project/traffic manager everyone knows me as.