My husband and I decided to get a puppy on a whim. I will admit I severely underestimated how difficult it would be to maintain my work-life balance with a puppy. The past two weeks have been tough. I’ve been figuring out how to balance puppy-care, my full-time job, my blog, and my health.
Yes, he has the sweetest little squishable face but taking care of him is no easy task. For the first few months to a year, puppies require constant care. Right now he needs to be:
- walked every 2-3 hours from 5 am to 10 pm
- fed 3-4 times a day
- and played with in-between
We currently live in a New York City high-rise apartment. This requires us to get on an elevator every time he needs to be walked. It’s all a bit exhausting considering I never had to take care of anyone besides myself until now.
Every day I wake up feeling a bit anxious knowing that I have this little guy to care for. I’ve lost a few pounds in weight due to my stress levels. While I know this might sound dramatic, (as I assume children are much more stressful), it’s still an adjustment I have to learn to balance.
As I try to navigate this new normal, here are a few things that I’m finding helpful in maintaining my balance.
I work from home and quickly learned it was incredibly hard to balance a puppy with my meetings. Instead of trying to do it all, we’ve hired help. We now have a dog walker that comes in and out during the day to feed, play and walk with him while I am working. This gives me some peace of mind knowing he is properly cared for during the day.
Maintaining a Routine
We’ve slowly been getting him into a routine where he naps roughly the same times every day. This is helpful for me knowing when I will have free time to take care of other things.
Supporting My Health
Not going to lie, I feel pretty crappy at the moment. My health has suffered a bit. I’ve lost a significant amount of weight due to stress and not eating properly. My supplements have taken a back seat.
This week I’m making it a point to eat 3 meals a day and ensuring to take my regular supplements. Additionally, I’m including a few extras like probiotics and Symbiotics to support my immune system during this transitional phase.
Micro-Moments of Wellness
This week, I’ve been taking my own advice (from the Burnout Rescue Kit). It has been a while since I’ve felt so burned out. I’m practicing finding enjoyment in simple things. Things like taking 5 minutes to enjoy a cup of tea or deep breathes in between the chaos to re-center. I like knowing I have these little moments to turn to when I am overwhelmed.
Talking With Friends
Having a supportive network definitely helps me feel more balanced. Especially friends who have gone through the same experiences. I am lucky to have people to lean on for advice, guidance, and support through this new adjustment.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss my freedom and carefree way of life. Having a dog is a huge responsibility but I’ve been reminding myself that this intense phase is only temporary. This week was better than the last and I know it will get easier in time. So for now, I’m doing the best I can with the resources I have to create work-life balance life with a puppy. Little by little I’m finding a balance and a rhythm. And I think Winston is too.