Balancing a Busy Life with a Healthy Lifestyle
Whether you’re a student, working or just living your life, trying to juggle every task on your to-do list can seek like an impossible mountain to climb each day, and that’s even without taking time for yourself.
We all tend to get caught up in the daily whirlwind that is life, forgetting that in order to better show up for those important people, events and duties that we are tied to, we need to stop and carve out time to nourish ourselves from the inside out.
Today, I am going to be sharing my top 3 tips to maintain both an active, healthy lifestyle and a busy life so that you can start on a path towards achieving true holistic wellness.
#1 Meal Prep
One of the most sure ways that you can meet your daily requirements for proper nutrition is to plan and prepare your meals in advance. Nowadays there are countless resources online to help you achieve this, but since I’m more of a DIY person (and I’m “thrifty”) I’m going to share my strategies.
Next time you go to the grocery store, pick and choose ingredients with dishes in mind, and make sure to include loads of veggies. On a day where you have a couple of hours free, such as a Sunday, head to the kitchen and chop heaps of vegetables (I’m thinking cauliflower, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, etc.), cook 5 or so servings of 2 different proteins and grains, and prep around 5 frozen smoothie bags (Pinterest it). Keep these in your fridge for when you’re hungry and short on time, so all you have to do is mix and match proteins, grains and veggies, add your fave dressing (or nuts, seeds, avocado, etc.) and some spices and you’re ready to go!
#2 Schedule your Workouts
Treat your workouts like you would an work shift, a club meeting, etc. and pencil them into your day planner! Once you have your workout scheduled (it can be as quick as 30 mins) you are far more likely to actually complete it because you’ve already put your commitment down on paper! Try and get creative with your daily schedule and see where you could possibly find a free 20-30 minutes (which leads me into my next tip). Whether its during your lunch break, after school in between club meetings, during a study or homework break or even if it requires you to wake up a bit earlier – taking that time for yourself to de-stress and release endorphins is crucial.
#3 Make Simple Healthy Swaps
When it comes to your health and fitness, the little steps and efforts that you take the time to put in on a daily basis are the ones that accumulate over time to make the biggest difference. Creating daily habits that help lend towards nourishing your body do really add up, and eventually you will begin to see it overall in how you feel, look and act.
A good place to start is to take the stairs instead of the elevator (I swear by this), replace soda with a tall glass of lemon water, use raw honey in your tea instead of sugar, and start adding a cup of vegetables to your meals (I’m talking a green smoothie in the morning, veggie sticks at lunch and steamed broccoli with dinner). You can also make an effort to get up during long periods of sitting (such as at school, work, etc.) to stretch and walk to the bathroom, water fountain, etc.
If you find that you are constantly busy, and have very little free time to exercise, cook, etc. I gently suggest that you take a look at your daily routine and see what might be the cause of it. If after dinner you head straight to the TV, or to your phone screen, decide against it the next time you feel the urge and go do something active instead. If you find homework piling up every day, think about how you spend your class time, perhaps you can find idle minutes in class where you would usually chat and get started on a few math problems instead. Then after school, you can get that friend together with you for a workout class!
If you prioritize your health as a way of ensuring you can better complete your daily tasks, I know that you can find a way to incorporate uplifting habits into your busy lifestyle. Find what makes you feel good, and go start living each day to the fullest (all while stopping to take a moment to breathe, you do need it).
Wishing you above all Health & Happiness