Here's the pattern:
- Go to work and work 10+ hour days.
- Come home to dinner on the table (thanks to hubby). Eat dinner with little energy for conversation.
- Go to the computer and work another hour or two.
- Go to bed exhausted.
- Wake up the next morning still exhausted and do the same thing.
Heading into this going back to work thing, I thought the days off would be like when I wasn't working. Take my time getting up and getting dressed. No stresses, no worries. But now that I'm into it, it appears the stresses and worries (and e-mails to be answered) spill over from my work days into my days-off days. And the exhaustion from overdoing it on the work days carries over into my days-off days. With my days off from work having been sporadic, I've wound up using those days off as recovery days.
There probably is a solution. Don't overdo it at work. Don't work once I get home. Don't answer work e-mails on days off. Easier said than done.
Today is one of those days I'm paying for it. I'm off today, but had to do some work-related tasks. But the rest of the day has been icky. Not feeling well, tired, joints hurting. Knowing I have to take my husband to his yearly eye-doctor appointment tonight is not something I have the energy for, either.
These are the times I realize that I've taken on too much and my health can't sustain it for much longer.
But still a picture for the day. Thank goodness a butterfly happened to land on the window.