Essential Worker more like Front Line Hero
As an essential worker, I didn’t understand the value of going anywhere but to work. After many ten hour shifts, I wish more effort was put in to going out prior to COVID. The last year has been a blur of going to work and coming home. As well as having agitated people scream at me all day! With all that to consider, it is a wonder that the majority of us are still standing. As 2020 came to an end and COVID continues I knew that my days as an essential worker would only drag on. I began looking for some happiness in anything and everything. This past month consisted of riding my roller skates and trying to get outdoors more but the Arkansas weather is greatly against it. Here are some of my tips and tricks for staying sane during this crazy time!
Struggling to remain sane? Try This!
After living in Arkansas for two years I have figured out that outdoors is the way to go. At the beginning of February no one wants to leave their house, it is usually always 40 degrees. While working my 50 hour weeks I start my days at four AM and finish around four PM. At the end, my feet hurt so bad I can hardly stand up again. I ordered some shoe insoles so I could survive the first week. When I go out to start my car my windshield is always frozen and takes about 10 minutes to completely warm up! After weeks of this I finally ordered a windshield cover that keeps it from freezing overnight. While this is just the start of things that make my days a bit easier, being an essential worker comes with many more struggles.
What Being an Essential Worker does:
Burn out is extremely common when working insane hours and consecutively doing the same thing. I try to sleep my full seven hours a night and then rest extra on the weekends, but sometimes even that isn’t enough. This liquid supplement helps me to function better and not drag as much throughout my day. While I think about things I do that make my life easier the main and most important thing is melatonin, it is my key to feeling well and going to bed on time. Journaling and keeping my planner up to date are also very important for me. Use these tips to survive this next year and continue to thrive daily! I list some of the more exciting things that kept me alive and thriving in my article about quarantine!