I wrote in a previous post how this past summer had been a stressful one. I think most of the time we don’t realize how detrimental stress is to our health.
I spent the summer (starting in May, actually) working a part-time job away from home. I had worked this same job from home for three years. The company I worked for was sold, and the new owners would not allow me to work from home. This meant a lot of changes for our household.
Just being absent from home two days out of the week meant that I had seven days of home management to cram into five. I came up with a schedule of how to get everything done. It was tough and often meant running late at night.
Still, there were some things that were unavoidable with my absence. The biggest of these was missing family time with my children and grandchildren.
And then, there was my health. I spent the summer losing two pounds, gaining two pounds, losing two pounds, and gaining two pounds. I was not able to exercise as often or at optimal times. Often, I was running later at night which meant trouble sleeping that night. There were times that I just didn’t feel up to par or felt that I was not getting the nutrients my body needed. My last visit to the dentist started out with, “Have you been clenching your teeth again?”
However, it was not a total loss. I was forced to find more efficient ways to do things around the house. I found an awesome system for our homeschool that is working fabulously for us. I also had to figure out how to prepare salads in a jar and other snacks that I could take on the run.
I had absolutely no complaints about my job or the people I worked with. In fact, it was easy money. Still, I had to let it go. It was not something I wanted to do. The extra income was nice. I loved the people and the industry I worked in. However, it was not worth the stress it was causing at home and the time I was missing with my family.
My last day of work was November 26, and I’m already enjoying the benefits. My home is more relaxed and less stressful, I’m spending more time with my children and grandchildren, I’m running or going to the gym six days a week, I’m drinking lots of juice, the needle on the scale is steadily going down, and I feel fabulous!