Cozy Hump Days
Working as a graphic designer means I tend to spend more time infront of the computer than anything else. I absolutely love it — I love what I do, I love working with a computer and I've always been a bit of a computer geek ever since I learned how to use one back when I was 9 years old. My body however, does not love it. After a really bad flare up in my neck and shoulder my husband finally convinced me to see his Physiotherapist.
According to him (the Physiotherapist, not my husband), my body is super out of alignment, more so than I thought it was. He's started doing this form of acupuncture on me called "Dry Needling" which is just as uncomfortable as it sounds. Without going into details of that, because I'm sure no one wants to know more about what that is, I've been more conscious about taking actual breaks as I work. I'm a huge workaholic and will usually only get up from my desk to go pee. And even then I'll wait until I absolutely can't hold it in anymore!
But now, I'm trying to be more strict with relaxing! Can you imagine? Having to actually force yourself to take a break from work for an hour or so. Thus, I have started a new work routine which is working out quite well for my work habits AND my body.
1. Work for a couple hours in the early AM.
2. Take a stretching break and refill my coffee mug.
3. Catch up on social media or read an article while you finish your second cup of coffee.
4. Work for a couple more hours.
5. Spend some time with the hubby (he works in the afternoon), run any errands or chill out on the couch.
6. Finish up any more work that needs to be done.
7. Stop for the day!
Teaching myself to stop, keeps me energized. Everytime I go back to work I have new inspiration to work off of, and a renewed energy which keeps me on deadlines. I haven't felt like I need to catch up when I start work again after my breaks, and I haven't felt anxious about work while on my breaks which is really surprising. I actually feel a bit more FREE, and that's rewarding in itself! I'm really hoping I can keep this up as it does help my neck and eyes a lot from feeling so strained at the end of the day. Since starting this a couple weeks ago, I've been really good about it, but I know myself and I do tend to fall back into bad habits. So I decided to write this blog post to help inspire any other work-happy crazy people out there and keep me in check.
Take care of yourself & have a cozy hump day!