Who’s great idea was it to make 40 hours a week “normal.”
I understand we need to pay the bills, but sheesh. If you work 40 hours or more in one week, you are spending the majority of your time, working. You have to be around your co-workers whether you like them or not, whether you hired them or not, whether they are doing their job or not.
I get if you love your career and you have sacrificed that for family but what about for those of us who work hard, very hard, for those 40+ hours a week who take pride in their work, do their job well but still want a life?
I work in an office and sometimes I even have to work weekends, 10+ hour days and that is the NORM for this business. Why the heck are we killing ourselves just because this is what the rest of America does? Though there are parts I like about my job I often complain about it. A few months ago, I was reminded that I need to enjoy exactly where I am at. So I am learning how to do just that, not just where I am wanting to be.
Here are some things that I have learned to do to make sure I can enjoy where I am at:
I would not know how to deal with all the stress and all the crap that this worlds shoves on us if it wasn’t for Him. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” I know this verse is thrown around a lot but it is for good reason. This verse tells me that He HAS a plan. Not an idea, not a guess, a PLAN. I have made many decisions without listening to God and they never turned into a disaster. Jeremiah 29:12-13 say, “Then when you come upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all of your heart.”
I cannot start my day without praying. I don’t know what they day is going to bring but God does and He can prepare me for it.
I am sure you know all the health benefits (physically, emotionally and mentally) so I won’t bore you with those details, but it is true. Exercise is amazing. I run 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes before I go to work and on the weekends I do yoga. It is hard work but it soothes me. While running, I listen to worship music, pray or listen to sermons by Mark Driscoll or Joyce Meyer. While running, I feel I absorb what I am listening to even more and it helps me to have a good mindset for the day and/or rest of the week.
3. Guilty Pleasure
I am not saying to give in to your guilty pleasure ALL the time, but you should give in sometimes. I absolutely love Bravo and during the week I will sit down, have a glass of wine and watch Real Housewives (doesn’t matter which one, I love them all). This does not consume my life but after a long stressful day at work I can sit down and check out for 60 minutes and give myself a much needed break.
When you are having a rough day, you just need to take it five minutes at a time.