The nice thing about starting a more hectic schedule at this time of year is that you know IT WILL GET BETTER. Of course it will get better because ALL (most?) schedule changes get better. You adjust. You tweak. You compromise. But having a schedule change occur during the darkest part of the year means that while it is awful right now, there is (literally!) light at the end of the tunnel and in a few months one of the tweaks you make is to not fall asleep at 6pm.
Getting on a different schedule with less free time means all of a sudden I feel compelled to fit ALL THE THINGS into that free time. I seriously do not think I have meditated or done yoga in 3 months and while it is a worthy endeavor to find time and space, it is NOT a worthy endeavor to beat myself up over it. Also, since I DO want to fall asleep at 6pm these days, I’m basically trying to cram a bunch of self-improvement stuff into the 5am – 8:30am time slot which includes an hour wait time between taking my thyroid meds and when I’m allowed to drink coffee. Insane.
One thing I HAVE been religious about since the roads got icy and the sun went away is using my elliptical in the morning. I find it very boring, but a month or so ago I finally broke down and got an iPhone 6 which is just a big enough screen to watch romantic comedies on. That makes it bearable and sometimes I can trick myself into working out a little longer if I get to a good part.
Although if time and weather cooperate on the weekends, I still prefer a walk outdoors. After a few weeks of icy temperatures, things have warmed up here and there is pretty much no snow on the ground and today it rained. RAINED. I love it of course but it is weird and also making me anxious. Like I’m waiting for the other, ice-storm-power-out-for-days, boot to drop.