You know how it is to be a really busy adult trying to keep up with the demands of work, chores and family duties. It can be difficult to handle all responsibilities at once and taking care of yourself might be out of the question. While this is how most people think, you have to accept that this is how busy you will probably be until you retire. You need to take care of yourself regardless of how busy you are. Here are some tips on how you can manage:
Start Your Day Right
One big reason why you let yourself go is that you just let your day start without a morning routine. The easy solution to that is you should start your day right by eating breakfast. When you eat breakfast, you get more energy throughout the day and you get fewer cravings. However, you should avoid eating a breakfast that a lot of sugar and empty carbohydrates.
An ideal breakfast means one that is high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and good fats. There are an infinite number of options such as fresh fruits, oats, whole grains and eggs.
Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time
“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Not only does meal prepping save you a lot of time, you also are much less likely to go for unhealthier options throughout the week or every three days. Instead of spending a few minutes a day preparing or looking for food, you will only need one day or two every week to feed you.
Meal prepping is getting more and more popular and already is a growing industry in itself. You can avail of meal deliveries of there are some in your area. You can also prepare your meals yourself by cooking on one day and putting them in rations in microwaveable containers. You can also put nuts, oats and dried fruit in ziplock bags for snacks.
Make Exercise a Priority
When you are really busy, you come up with all kinds of excuses that would justify you not putting enough time for exercise. If this is the case, you have to admit that you are fooling yourself. All you need is one hour three times a week to get decent amounts of exercise.
You do not always have to work out as if you are preparing for an Ironman. You can incorporate small workouts throughout the day such as doing push ups and sit ups in the morning or taking brisk walks during lulls in the office. Exercise should be a priority and no matter how much you enjoy it, you will forget about it if you do not make it a priority.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
This step is as easy as drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up and making sure that you have easy access to water all throughout the day. Always make sure that you have a water bottle with you and always make sure that you fill it up.
Sometimes, you might think that you are hungry but in reality, all you really need is just some hydration. When a craving comes across your mind, you can diffuse it quite easily by taking some sips from your water bottle.
Always Evaluate Yourself and Follow Up
Do not just let time pass by. Every week, take some time alone and reflect on how your week has been for you and how dangerous or beneficial your behaviour has been for your health. Did you have too much sugar and empty carbs this week? How often did you exercise? Do your pants still fit?
It might also help if you get an unbiased person to guide you in situations where you tend to lose your way. You might feel that you have everything in control, but having somebody just to talk can really help. You do not even have to dish out loads of money to get a mentor or a coach. Just sharing your stresses with someone can take a lot of weight off your chest.
The answer to the ages old question if a person can succeed in work, attend to family duties and have fun at the same time is a simple yes. Balance is the key and always remind yourself that your health is your biggest investment. How do you get by your health goals even with a busy schedule? Share your tips with us in the comments below.