“Monday to Friday my days start at 3.17am in the morning. It’s so, so early and pitch black but you can get used to it in a sense, or at least you learn to manage it,” she told Kate Waterhouse on A Date With Kate.
The 30 year old’s fitness routine is a large part of that.
“Obviously running makes you feel good, but mentally, for me, exercise is crucial with my hours, when you’re starting at three o’clock in the morning. There is a very genuine link between early starts and shift work and regular hours and depression,” she said.
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“I’m not saying that I’m suffering depression, but you can have lows, you can feel flat and you can feel a bit irritable and … I would rather stay on top of things by eating well and looking after myself physically and mentally.”
But while the early mornings are enough to scare off most, Jeffreys says it’s not the hardest part of her job.
“It’s dealing with the really sensitive issues that come up on the show. We deal with everything, from crime to feel-good human stories to everything in between,” she said.
“There are stories that really hit you for six, and you can’t really prepare for that and you don’t have a lot of time to think about it or think about how you would respond… so it can be challenging.”
The other challenge? Working alongside Karl Stefanovic, older brother of her newly-announced fiance, fellow journalist Peter Stefanovic. (Post continues after gallery.)
“Obviously working next to Karl is a bit of a rollercoaster and sometimes a challenge in itself, but a fun one. Is there somewhere to divorce brother in-law?” she joked.
“He is fantastic and he, obviously, has a reputation for being a ratbag, which he probably deserves, but he also is a very generous and supportive person, which he doesn’t like me saying, because apparently it wouldn’t do his reputation any good!”
Jeffreys and (the younger) Stefanovic’s love story is one that almost outshines your favourite rom-com. The pair met hosting the weekend Today show over the Christmas period in 2013, then became pen pals when Stefanovic returned to his role as Channel 9’s European correspondent.
“It was just nice things, about having a nice time working together and wishing me well… There’s something for a 33-year-old man to sit down and hand write a letter and post it to you. It doesn’t matter what’s in that letter but that’s a gesture in itself,” she told Show and Tell.
"You sign your signature on things and that’s about it, it was pretty special."
As for whether it was love at first sight?
"Oh sort of, yes [laughs]. We sort of bumped into each other in a car park at Channel 9 one day before we started hosting together… I think it was pretty obvious, certainly was to everyone around me – my mum and my sister, in particular, knew that there was something there," she told Waterhouse.
After he proposed on their European holiday last month, Jeffreys is looking forward to what's ahead.
"It feels like now we’re sort of moving forward at a pretty quick rate. But I look forward to slowing down and just easing into life together and navigating everything that comes our way together."
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