People often complain about not being able to take care of their health. When asked about “ME” time routines, they often throw in on the table how they are so busy with their jobs, household chores and other aspects that contribute to their daily grind. They render overtime almost everyday during weekdays, leaving weekends just for sleeping and catching up on their favorite TV shows. People never ran out of excuses. But in reality, they don’t really exert much effort to listen to themselves and do some health check.
You might not realize it while you go on with your life, but spending time to get to know your body more is of extreme importance. In fact, it is just as important as family, work or school. It’s when you ditch using “there is not enough time” as excuse that you learn how to fully take control of your wellbeing. You get to eat properly and work out – two things that can effectively help you manage distractions and reduce stress.
Keen to get started? Here’s how:
- Plan out your exercise routine. Remember, your office planner is not just for work-related stuff. You can write anything down, including your diet and exercise routine. Allocate regular dates and time slots for working out. Since written notes are the best reminders, try to be as specific as possible. Write “1 ½ hour yoga session” or “1 hour brisk walk” than just “exercise.” And most importantly, treat these things like any other important meeting you simply cannot skip.
- Get yourself a workout pal, or attend gym sessions to get to know people. The thought of having someone waiting outside the door for you or expecting to see you in class keeps you on your toes. You wouldn’t want to let him or her down by blowing off your routine, so you keep up with it until it becomes a habit.
- Come up with a healthy meal plan. You probably have been missing mealtime every once and a while due to your hectic schedule. Note, however, that no mater how packed your day is, you need to eat a healthy and balanced meal three times everyday. For starters, prepare simple recipes and commit to eat them at the proper time. If possible, prepare big batches of meals at the start of the week to ensure you have healthy options on hand for quick grubs.
- Get enough sleep. The most common complaint by people nowadays is lack of sleep. Unfortunately, the less sleep you get, the more tired and stressed you become at the end of the day. To ensure a good night’s sleep, keep away from unnecessary distractions such as social media, computer games or late night phone calls.
- Learn to say no. Sometimes, it’s just too tempting to forgo your healthy habits for occasional booze and pig out sessions. When your friends, schoolmates or officemates invite you to something you do not really want to do or be involved in, there is nothing wrong with saying no upfront.