I need more balance in my life
I have some good news: I finally got a job! I started last week and I’m still getting into the swing of things. Although, I only work from 8:30 to 15:00, I’ve noticed that I’m struggling to get all the things done that I want to be done. Therefore, I need more balance in my life, and I’m honestly struggling.
Everything is time-consuming
My place of work is only a few kilometres away from home, but I drive about half an hour to and from every day—so that’s already an hour gone.
I’m trying to lose weight, so I exercise for about an hour every day and we also go for a walk every afternoon. I guess I could cut back a bit here if push came to shove, but I don’t want to.
Then there are the household chores. I don’t know how people with kids do it, because I’m struggling and it’s just me and my husband. It feels like I’m constantly doing laundry. Once one load has dried and been folded, the next load is already in the washer. Then there’s general cleaning (which I’m not a fan of) and doing dishes (which I hate).
Also, I make our lunches every night so that we can save a bit of time and money in the long run and it takes so long.
My husband has said that I should ask him if I need help, but then I feel guilty because he works from 8 to 5 and earns way more money than me, so I feel obliged to do the housework. However, I’m also annoyed because I feel like I shouldn’t have to ask him for help. He should do something if he sees it needs doing. These are very conflicting feelings.
So right now I’m just trying to find some balance and better time management strategies so that I don’t feel so overwhelmed and tired because those are bad things to feel after just a week of working.
Wish me luck.
Do you have any advice for me? Let me know in the comments below.
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I wish I could give you some advice. I recently went through the same thing and, ultimately, I ended up walking away from a job I loved. I was working 45+ hours a week and when I discussed having just one-half day a week, something which even the manager gets, I was called lazy behind my back. Baring in mind I went into that job with 100% honest about my mental and physical health.
It’s very hard to feel stuck and completely overwhelmed in regard to time management. All I can offer you is solidarity and a massive hug.