“Working 9 To 5”

From being at home every single day to being back at work, it seemed like for so long my life was put on pause and then very suddenly started playing again. I was waking up at lunchtime and going to sleep past midnight. When I then had to wake up at what seemed like the middle of the night (7am), I was confused. My meal times had to change and I had to adapt to this alien lifestyle. So, here is a post all about (me) going back to work post/during lockdown.

I would firstly like to acknowledge all of the amazing key workers that worked through out the whole duration of the full UK lockdown. I can only imagine that whilst going back to work is hard, continuing to work would have been much harder. I have friends (key workers) that made tough decisions to stay away from home to protect vulnerable family members. My Mum was both working and in her spare time making washable uniform bags for hospital staff. The efforts some very special people went to, to help us, will be forever appreciated. And if you are one of these very special people, thank you. 

Before lockdown, I was working as a part-time waitress at a local pub. With university in mind, I decided that I needed a more secure full-time role to start up some savings. It took me a while to find a job with the country on pause. However I was lucky enough to find a lovely and very enjoyable job, working as a bakery assistant. So, when I say going back to work what I actually mean is starting a new job post lockdown, working 9 to 5.

I am honestly enjoying my new job a lot. It is a nice change to my routine and has given me the opportunity to meet new people and discuss individual stories and current affairs. I have recently understood that talking to a range of people is exceptionally important to understand different view points and perspectives. This is a reason why I am enjoying my job greatly as my colleagues enrich the job description.

So how am I actually coping with this change of routine?

Actually very well.

I have never been a morning person. When I used to swim, I would struggle so much to attend the morning sessions. However to my surprise waking up early, feeding my animals (and myself) and packing my bag ready for work at 9 has made me feel great. Waking up early means going to bed earlier which means a better sleep schedule and a happier day. I love feeling that I have accomplished things and trust me, weighing out 600 bags of flour is one big accomplishment! I also use my time more efficiently when I get home. I come in, complete my shreddy workout, shower and then cook and eat my dinner. By the way, I couldn’t really cook before lockdown so I am pretty proud of this. I then spend time with my family (and animals), get ready for bed and read a chapter or two of a book. At the moment I am reading an amazing book, blog post pending. 

Before I started my new job I would hardly complete anything in a day, especially as lockdown progressed. Now, I feel so productive and my goodness am I sleeping better! I am also eating at normal meal times and not snacking so much. Basically, I feel great.

Although, there is a downside. Now that I have started work, the world is about to start opening its gates again. Pubs, bars, hairdressers and almost all places and attractions will be open to the public once again. It’s strange. This year has been strange. The good news is that I no longer work weekends (I did at the pub). This means I can still visit all of these reopening attractions. Most of all, I just can’t wait for a haircut. For those of you that don’t know I have cut my hair twice now and my mums once. Whilst I am of course a great hairdresser, I am just not THE hairdressers.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my little life update.

Thats all for now as I have to be up for work in the morning.

Oh and by the way, I sunburnt pretty badly two days before my first week at work. It was embarrassing and painful. So, please remember your suncream.

Love Charlotte x


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