Learning makes you frazzled: Reflections on month 2
I’m now into my third month of the new job and am still learning lots. I’ve continued to feel frazzled, but have learnt that I’m not the only one.
Further to my last post about being Frazzled, I found an article about an initiative between Marks and Spencer and Ruby Wax who have set up Frazzled Cafes. Ruby Wax has been a strong advocate on the importance of mental health and mindfulness. You can go to the selected Marks and Spencer cafes outside of hours and talk about things that are worrying you or causing you anxiety in a ‘safe space’. This sounds like an amazing initiative. I know that I’ve felt very ‘up in my head’ lately with so much information to process.
Keep in touch
I’ve found that I’ve felt very tired as I am learning so much. I’ve adjusted to the commute now, though seeing eight to ten deer run out in front of me one morning was a little frightening! I get to listen to a lot more music (and might start listening to podcasts to be productive in the future, but for now music is quite soothing). I am also finding that I enjoy driving my car. I don’t enjoy traffic jams, but it’s nice to have a longer drive between work and home.
It’s important to keep in touch with people as else you can become quite insular and this can make thoughts more irrational in your mind. There is a world going on outside of work. Good things are happening and bad things are happening. I am quite bad when I have a deadline to meet and get so wrapped up in it that I forget there’s always a blue sky and that the sun will rise the next morning.
Take time to stay in touch with family and friends. Today it’s Mother’s Day in the UK, so spend time with your Mum, or send thanks to mothers everywhere.
Last weekend, I took a long weekend in Amsterdam for my Dad’s birthday. It was bitterly cold, but allowed us to see people skating on the canals and also develop a love of Stroopwaffels. The big waffles fit on a cup which allows the caramel to melt a bit. You could perhaps buy a pack and invite some friends around for your own ‘frazzled’ sessions if you didn’t want to go to Marks and Spencer.
Enjoy today, if you can with your Mum.