Our days have a predictability, with certain schedules. We get up at a certain time, go to work or school, or get everyone else out of the house before settling into whatever tasks we have planned. Most days settle into a comfortable rhythm, with predictable routes to and from job, school, stores, whatever.
But what happens if the rhythm changes? Let’s take a look at last week, the first week at my new job. Before I start, however, I have to tell you all that this was the right move to make. The culture is one that I fall into easily, the work is right up my alley, and the people are nice.
However, I haven’t found the rhythm – the comings and goings of my department, the way we interact with others, where and when people take breaks, the meetings schedules, etc. It’s not a big deal, but I’d had a different rhythm from my old job, and I felt lost.
The first couple of days went great. No food issues. Exercise was fine. But Wednesday and Thursday, the tension started building, and it took me until Friday to figure it out! For lack of a better term, I was ‘between rhythms’ and felt a vacuum. The end result: I was feeling lost and a bit tense!
Enter chocolate. Oh well.
Once I realized this, I took a deep breath and relaxed. The new rhythm will come, and I have a golden opportunity to tweak it so that it’s more comfortable for me over the long haul. In the meantime, it’s time to relax, to not try to control the situation, and to focus on something other than chocolate or comfort food.
But on Saturday, I must confess that I wanted some GOOD FOOD. Believe it or not, this didn’t mean treats. It meant tasty, healthy food, mostly in the form of veggies. This reaction was such a shock that I went to the local expensive grocery store that has an extensive selection of prepared foods and bought a cauliflower salad that had capers, black olives, and roasted peppers [yummy!], and some roasted spring veggies with pomegranate molasses. Unusual, oh-so-tasty, and healthful. With a couple of pieces of good cheese, I felt treated, but most important, CARED FOR.
Routines aren’t really an enemy, but we can’t let them become ruts. There are ways to tweak them, to shake them up even, and all we have to do is change our attitudes. It’s an opportunity, not a problem.