In two months, I will have been away from pharmacy work for one year. I’ve been casually looking for another position ever since I quit my last job. I’ve been making it by stretching my savings, the generosity of others, and taking the odd freelance writing work. I’ve finally come to the point that I need full-time work again to keep afloat in the life I have created. I want the transition to go smoothly so I am taking a few steps before I’m hired.
Since I haven’t had a steady nine to five job, I haven’t gone to bed with any real regularity. My first step in preparing to return to work is to regulate my sleeping habits. I plan to retire at ten pm and to rise again at seven am. This will give me an hour to settle my mind and review my day. Then I will have a solid eight hour sleep cycle and be refreshed for the day ahead.
I eat at regular intervals at this point, but the food I have access to at home is not very
Along with having a healthy lunch, it is vital to have a good breakfast, snack, and dinner. My breakfast is where I will get the energy to start my day. This is where I will put the bowl of buckwheat and caffeine tea. Around eleven I will take a break and eat a homemade chia power square. I’m not fond of cooking so over the weekend I make a large bowl of stew, casserole, or chili. I will freeze the meal in portion sizes, so I only have to thaw them when I want to eat dinner.
Not only is it tough to get back into a routine, but it’s easy to get run down if I don’t create an outlet for stress or rebuild my stamina for long eight hour shifts. Right now, I take walks or ride my bike when I feel like it, but if I want to be prepared for the mental rigor, and I need to exercise consistently for a minimum of twenty minutes per day. This will also help me with deep breathing so my head will be clearer and twice as ready to solve problems.
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My wardrobe currently consists of jeans and tee shirts, but in the professional world of pharmacy, I will need a more sophisticated look. The right balance for me is comfortable and functional. I’m not worried about parading the latest fashion, but I want to reflect my position. Corduroys are great option along with the classic khaki pants which allow a comfortable fit without looking shabby. Shirts are fairly easy too, either an empire waist or a simple button up top. It will depend if I’m required to wear a smock when I’m hired, but loose and relaxed clothes are the way to go in a potentially stressful environment.
Shoes are a vital part of having a good day at work for me. I prefer a sturdy shoe with a supportive sole. I’m careful to avoid anything with a tall heel, even though it would grant me a higher stature, I know my legs and back would be aching by the end of the day. Pain leads to a bad attitude, and that creates a poor day for me, my coworkers, and the customers I will serve. The lesser of the two evils is a frumpy and functional shoe.
I have the luxury of choosing when I will shower or brush my teeth because I work from home. When I go back into the workforce, I will need to be consistent in my hygienic habits. I plan to start exercising in the morning after I wake up for twenty to thirty minutes, I will take a shower and put on my professional clothes for the day. I will make my breakfast and eat it, and then I will brush my teeth. It’s a simple routine, but I know I will benefit from it, and my new coworkers will be grateful too.
It’s going to be a big change for my cats when I’m gone for eight hours at a time. I plan to
I’m kind of excited to go back to work outside my home. I miss the interaction I have with people, and I really missed the money I made too. Are you going back to work or school? How are you preparing? Please leave a comment.