My One Year Work-A-Versary

Monday, 16 April 2018

On the 9th of May will mark my one year anniversary of having a full time job, which I can't believe has already come around, it doesn't feel like two minutes ago that I was walking into the office for the first time and being introduced to the team. I was in full panic mode that day and for a few weeks after that, the problem was for me was that I was getting so stressed I was struggling to take anything in, and then getting more stressed. But over the last year of working full time, I've learnt a lot and become a hella lot more confident and I have the people I work with for that. Somehow even with struggling with mental health issues and work draining me from time to time, I am proud of myself for making it this far and I am excited for the future. Today I have decided to share with you my top tips for making it through the working week and taking care of yourself at the same time.



Don't give up:
The first few months of my job were difficult and I did consider giving it up, I was struggling with going from working 12 hours a week to 37, and being someone who struggles with not having town time, it was a lot for me. Along with this I was struggling to reach out and ask questions in case of sounding dumb, it was horrible. I made a friend and he was a very good friend to me, and it helped me with my confidence, but as he was new like me, the managers decided against me asking him, which set me back a little. In the long run though it made me push myself out my comfort zone and ask those people I wouldn't without that crutch. For the first 6 months at work, I had two friends who I struggled to be without. But I kept at it, started talking to more people and getting to know them and I felt amazing, like I was sat in a room with others and talking to them. My two friends have now left and despite feeling a little lonely on some of my shifts I know I am not alone. 


Self Care:
When working in an office it is easy to fall into a rountine of sitting down all day and eating junk food at your desk, I am hugely guilty for this. Sitting at my desk always seems to make me hungrier, I feel like if someone around you is eating it makes it harder to not want to eat what they're eating. I often struggle with sitting down for long periods of time, so I do move around a lot and take regular breaks away from my desk. I found this great infographic of tips for helping you get a healthier work balance. I am lucky as my work offers yoga once a week and a lot of my friends go on walks at lunch, although I am not a huge fan of walking (understatement) I have to admit when I do walk it gives me a boost. 

It's ok to take a step back:
For me this involved having to take some time off sick as advised by my doctor and then readjust how many days I would be working. We decided it would be better if I only worked 4 days instead of 5, and suddenly it felt like a weight had been lifted. I am the kind of person who needs a recovery day in between doing things, so this gave me the chance to do that and become the person I felt like I was before, it also gave me motivation back with blogging which is always a bonus!


*What are your tips for a healthier work life? 


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10 comments

  1. Happy workaversary!! Like you I actually find I am far more confident when working in an office environment. I prefer the routine too, I graze and procrastinate too much being sat at home

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  2. Congratulations. I find moving around really important and not taking work home with you.

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  3. Congratulations! I work for myself from home, and need to be very disciplined! Kaz

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  4. Congratulations! That's so great, and these are really fantastic tips. I definitely struggle when it comes to get a new job and worry constantly for weeks!

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  5. You my lovely are an inspiration to us all, proof that despite our mental health issues we can make it out the other side. Well done for sticking through your job and having the determination to succeed!

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  6. I'm so happy you've found a great workplace that you love, and that have worked with you to make your mental health a priority. They sound really understanding. It's a shame your two friends left, I know what it's like to have work besties move on.

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  7. Congratulations to you on sticking to it for the last one year and making it work so well for you despite all your difficulties. Just think of all the positives and keep on going.

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  8. Congratulations on your work anniversary! One of my work besties left recently and I have found it difficult. I found talking about it to another colleague helpful just to ease the pain a bit. Keep going, you’re doing a great job x

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  9. Congratulations. It's great you feel so much better at work and you didn't give up. I think the next years will be even more easier.

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  10. Congrats on your work anniversary, I started a new job three months ago so completely get some of the feelings you've felt over the past year x

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