Lifestyle detox before starting Dream Job
July 21, 2011 7:35 AM Subscribe
I have three weeks of between-job vacation. All I really have to do is go to a few meetings and do an in-state move. I haven't had this sort of vacation in years. I'd like to take this time to recharge and nourish my poor, battered, stressed-out body, mind and soul. Any suggestions?
posted by Elly Vortex to Grab Bag (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am leaving a very stressful job...today. It's my last day. In the last three years I have been sleeping and eating poorly, losing track of friends, spending too much time inside/on the internet and too little time outside, spent too much time obsessing about work, and not enough time taking care of myself. If I were to meet myself from five years ago, I wouldn't recognize "me now". It's been that stressful of an experience.
I am moving to my Dream Location and will have Dream Job. The job is similar to what I do now but it's on a much smaller scale, requires fewer hours, and pays a bit more. It's damn near perfect.
So...all I HAVE to do in the next three weeks is go to a few meetings in the beginning of August...and move from my current place to my new place. I have both places through the month of August, so there isn't even going to be a "move-out-on-the-31st-move-in-on-the-first" rush.
I'm thinking about making some serious changes to my diet - no crazy cleanses or anything like that, but actually spending time cooking and not eating the fast food I've been living off of.
I'm going to go for at least an hour long walk a day.
I'm going to write letters to friends who I have missed in the last few years.
I'm going to read some books for fun.
I'm going to create a budget with my new salary so that I have more control over my finances than I do right now.
I'm going to go through my belongings before moving, and decide upon what I love/need and what I am just dragging along with me for no reason (or harmful reasons).
What else should I do? How should I use the next three weeks to detox from the old job and lifestyle and prepare myself for a new job (similar responsibilities, smaller scale) and the lifestyle that I used to have (healthier, more diverse interests, more fun!)?