Lately, I have been extremely busy, overwhelmed, and stressed. When I get this way, my body goes into survival mode and I start to put off the important things. I get more impatient and snappy towards the people I love. Exercising gets pushed to the side, when “I have time” to do it, I will. Eating right takes more time and preparation so I start to grab whatever is there. Because of things I need to “get done” before the next day, I don’t get to sleep at a normal hour, leaving me exhausted. Since I haven’t been eating right, exercising, and sleeping well, my life becomes a vicious cycle. I picture a hamster in a spinning wheel, going 100 miles per hour and not getting anywhere.
I don’t know if any of you feel the same way as I do, but I am guessing many do because life is more stressful and busier than ever. This inspired me to give myself, and you all, a few tips on how to get in the important things for your well-being.
TIPS TO BALANCE:
1.) Try exercising first thing in the morning right when you wake up. This helps wake you up in the morning and you are less likely to put it off and more likely to get it completed for the day.
2.) Do an intense 30 minute routine rather than an hour to hour and a half workout. This way you are not having to wake up two hours earlier, just 30 minutes earlier than your usual time.
3.) Think exercise throughout the entire day. If you work in a building with an elevator, use the stairs. If you can park further away from buildings, do it. If you work at a desk, take a quick walk around the building or through the hallways, you will be more productive throughout the entire day for taking those small breaks.
4.) Try going on a walk, jog, bike ride, or whatever type of cardio you ENJOY doing after work. This gives you a chance to unwind and relieve stress from the day. You can even bring the kids along for a stroller jog, bike ride (with a trailer), etc.
1.) Water, water, water! Make sure and have a washable water container everywhere you go. Drink water throughout the entire day. This gives you energy, cleanses your body, and helps you avoid overeating.
2.) Make sure you have protein in every small meal.
3.) Buy healthy items at the store. Right when you get home from buying groceries, cut and make bags for the entire week. If you don’t prepare, you won’t eat as well when you are busy.
4.) Have a plan. Make sure you create a menu on your phone or a calendar. If you have a plan you are more likely to stick to it.
1.) Make sure you take time for you. It may be reading a book or watching your favorite show, whatever it is, take the time to do it.
2.) Put away your cell phone, computer, electronics and have a meaningful conversation with someone that you love. Truly listen to one another without distraction.
3.) Fill up the bathtub with some warm water and suds.
4.) Meditate; complete a yoga, stretching, or Pilates routine.
1.) Pick a daily bedtime and stick to it. This means making sure to put the kids to bed, get things cleaned up and getting any nightly tasks done before your set time.
2.) Write out any “To Dos” that are on your mind for the next day. This will help your mind stop stressing and relax.
3.) Dim the lights, turn the volume down on the T.V., and brew up some chamomile or peppermint tea.
4.) Read an unexciting but semi-interesting book. This helps your mind keep interest but not too much.
Remember, if you want balance in life put yourself first for a change. The rest will follow if you take care of you!
I hope these tips help you, because I sure needed them this week!