So, for the first post I thought I'd do a 'How To' piece. We all know working more than five days in a row can be rough, especially when it's enduring 100 degree weather, dumb people, lost parents, and melted ice cream.
So here's my two bits: Five Ways to Survive Your Five Days In a Row.
1. Chamomile it to bed.
I have the HARDEST time falling asleep. Even after working a long day at the zoo. And the one thing that makes those five (or two) days even harder? Not getting GOOD, adequate amounts of sleep. So take a stroll down to your nearest farmers market and invest in some GOOD chamomile tea. It works wonders.
2. Make yourself a most excellent playlist.
When I meet a person that tells me they don't like music I immediately don't trust them. They're hiding something. Music is life. Bumpin' to some good tunes on the drive to work gets me pumped enough to deal with all those lost parents I'm bound to run into that day.
3. Decompress on your breaks.
I don't care how you do it. For me, it's sometimes hiding in a corner of the zoo where I don't have to talk to or see anyone for 30 minutes. I am a proud introvert. For others, it's just getting a mouth full of cold ice cream. Or for Sam, French fries. Whatever works right? Just don't get stuck checking your bank account or studying the explorers club script during your break. Those breaks are for YOU, designed to make you more effective as an explorer when you step back into the park. Leave the studying for a different time.
4. EAT RIGHT.
I have made the mistake of eating out for almost every meal for three days in a row when I was working. This may work for some people. But I almost died. It wasn't until I had to start being REALLY careful about everything I ate that I did research, took classes, and began comprehending just how much food affects your performance, mood, and sleep. Eating right and drinking enough water is huge. Really hard when you're a busy human, but still huge. If y'all give up on trying this tip, you can always stop by my place and enjoy homemade bread and jam and some veggies from the garden:)
Laughter is medicinal. It can truly turn a bad day into an 'oww my stomach hurts and I'm crying' day. There have been days where I've come to work in a bad mood despite my greatest efforts, but the mood doesn't last because we have a hilarious team and an Emily that speaks in superlatives on the drives home. Let's do our jobs, and do them well, but not take each other too seriously. That way, if anyone comes to work having a rough one, we can crack a joke or pull a face and help them get through the day. And if that doesn't always work, you can always enjoy some Jimmy Fallon at home, scroll through some vines, or join us at the Wairhouse.
So, here's to good times, and many more to come. Let's make this summer one to remember. I am honored to be sharing it with you all. 'Til next time!