Staying healthy on a busy schedule can be a real challenge. Regular exercising or meal preps do take time. And knowing that you should take better care of yourself might make you even more anxious. You have the why but miss the how. Point taken. A kickass career or taking care of your loved ones is a priority. Still, you can find a balance between your goals and your health.
Here are 5 simple, yet phenomenal tips that you can do right now to improve your health.
1. Do a Mental Check-In
Amid all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to push your own well-being to the backseat.
You might be allowing stress and tension to build up. Suddenly, you explode, not really knowing why. You can avoid this by doing a daily mental check-in on yourself.
Prepare a list of questions and answer them in the middle or at the end of your day. Here are our suggestions:
- How am I doing today?
- Am I feeling good about myself today?
- Did anything upsetting happen today?
Don’t be afraid to get specific in your answers. The more detailed they are, the better.
Or, if you really don’t have time, you can use symbols such as a tick or a cross instead of writing elaborate answers.
2. Go for an Ergonomic Chair
You probably spend a lot of time sitting and, maybe you already noticed some back problems. But did you know that regular chairs increase chances of cramping, hip pain, and stiffness, too? We all know exercise is the solution, but sometimes, we just don’t have time.
What you can do is invest in a good, healthy ergonomic chair. This fabulous invention promotes correct posture and healthy circulation.
Plus, it can even increase your productivity. This just might be a great argument for your company buying a new chair for everyone.
3. Sneak in Some Exercise
Although we just mentioned you may not be able to find time for exercising, there may be a solution!
What you probably do have, are many opportunities to workout throughout the day. You just don’t know it yet. Try multitasking. Do squats while brushing your teeth. Use the stairs instead of an elevator. Ditch your car and walk to work. Sounds insignificant?
Well, research shows that exercising for 15 minutes a day offers a myriad of health benefits. And it definitely beats doing nothing.
4. Commit to a Healthy Morning Routine
Mornings are just perfect for cramming in some healthy habits. The birds are chirping, the city still sleeping. If you can, wake up half an hour before you normally would. You don’t want to be feeling like you’re in a rush to get somewhere. Start your day by drinking a glass of water with lemon juice. This will energize you and send your mind the cue that it’s time to get going. Stretch your body to fight off stiffness.
Lastly, do a mindfulness exercise of your choosing. Meditation, journaling, or gratitude journaling are some of the many awesome ways to prepare for your day.
5. Make a Wellness Appointment
Do you have difficulty with practicing self-care because it’s not in your schedule? Then make some wellness appointments that will compel you to pamper yourself. You’ll feel obligated towards the other people involved. This increases your chances of attending to your health. Facial treatments, medical massages, or private fitness sessions just might be the thing you needed. In case you don’t have time for a full-hour massage, you can replace it with a short manicure or a blowdry!
Whether you’re busy working full time, going to college or raising your kids, these tips can help! As the end of the year is approaching, the holiday season comes with and the stress involved is present. Try these small steps to be prepared and stay tuned for our special tips and tricks on managing holiday stress!