After Work Therapy

There are some things I just didn’t get before entering the adult world. Things like, why do adults watch so much TV? (my junior high self thought they should read a book or go outside and play!) Why don’t they work out more? Why do they seem tired all of the time? (Seriously. Why can’t you jump on the trampoline for over an hour? Why does that seem so tiring? Weird.) Why don’t they want to do anything in the evening? Why do they go to bed so early?

Most of the questions can be answered with the work schedule of adults. Working from 8:00 – 5:00, (or 7:45- 6:00 seems more likely, unfortunately.) is exhausting. But it’s a different kind of exhausting. You’re meeting with people or staring at a computer screen- it shouldn’t be that tiring, right? Wrong. It’s a different kind of tired. It’s the kind that comes from being “ON” and from thinking a lot.

And while school might require you to think a lot, you have different classes throughout the day, so you get to walk around campus, think about different subjects, have some breaks, etc. Work does not typically operate that way.

Once I started working full time, I had to figure out had to manage my time after work.

What is the most helpful to me after staring at my computer all day?

I like to go for a run. Now, I use the term “run” loosely. I move. While wearing running shoes.

After I’ve been staring at a screen all day, I am way over being on a computer. And after sitting all day, I feel like I need to move around. Sometimes I do Crossfit instead, which is also nice. Mostly I just like being active for a little bit.

It’s my own version of After Work Therapy. I’ve found that doing some kind of movement that makes me break out into a sweat after work helps cut down on potential stress and anxiety.

And it helps that I live close to downtown, and can run there. It’s fun to see parents out with strollers, people leaving work, students going to class, etc. I also live near an awesome thing Bartlesville has called the Pathfinder.

It is a trail that weaves all around the town. It is so lovely. It is shaded by trees, and there a great little mile markers throughout the trail like this one:

Moving, and being outside is usually just what I need. What do you do to decompress after a long day? Do you go for a run too? Do you have a certain show you watch?

  • Mrs. Teacher

    I remember when I was a teen, imagining myself as an adult… I'm quite different from how I pictured, I think. Ten years does a lot to a person.