Let’s be honest here, it can be difficult to fit in taking good care of yourself when you are a busy person. Whether you work at home or are employed, whether you stay at home taking care of the family each day, some of us can find it impossible to get to a gym, let alone exercise. Not to mention trying to eat well, think about our mindset, answer the endless emails and text messages and genuinely just stay on top of things.
There is one denying that we all know the things that we should be doing. Eating well, taking good care of ourselves physically and mentally, exercising and trying to excel at the things that we love without overwhelming ourselves. Accept the main issue is that just listing them all down like that sounds overwhelming in itself. So what can you do? It is so much easier to ensure that you take better care of yourself worth a few changes, a routine and also a bit more focus. This is why this busy girl’s guide to health, well-being and feeling your best is just what you need for the seasonal change and to head into next year a better version of yourself. With that in mind, here are some of the things that you can do to make that happen.
When it comes to exercising
Exercising and being more active is definitely a focus to have in your life. If you want to feel energised, awake and alert and also have better fitness levels then this is the way to do it. But, the issue you have when it comes to a busy life is when do you find the time? Heading to the gym isn’t an easy option at the moment, not to mention the added time of getting there etc. However, there are things that you can do to start exercising. Here are some suggestions to help you get started.
Utilise websites like YouTube
Websites like YouTube are brimming with exercise workouts that you can try. From HIIT sessions that tend to be small timings like twenty or thirty minutes, or you could choose longer and slower-paced workouts that last an hour. There may even be instructors that you prefer that you go back to time and time again, but the main benefit is that you can fit in the exercise at any time of the day, whatever suits you. Be that in the morning or at night, you will always find the time to even do a ten-minute workout. So why not try exercising at home and see for yourself?
Pop those running shoes on and just go
Running can be one of the easiest ways that you can get your exercise every day, and it can be some solid time in the day that can be just for you. It’s an opportunity to clear your mind from the toughness of the day. Some people choose to run first thing, which is an excellent way of setting yourself up for the day ahead. When you have a busy lifestyle, it can often be your mind that is affected the most. So finding an exercise that can help with that could be the answer to not only getting fitter and healthier, but also have a more positive mindset and a clearer head to tackle the day ahead.
It doesn’t need to be an aerobic or cardio exercise you do
Who says exercise has to be something that gets your heart racing, mix things up a little and try something different. Things like yoga or pilates can be a great way to exercise your body while giving you some much-needed downtime. This can also be done easily at home by following workouts online or instructions that you find on blog websites.
Get some gym equipment at home
Some people prefer to use equipment or feel like they are in the gym, even though they are not able to attend a physical establishment. This means that having gym equipment in your home could be a real option for you. If you have the space, you can get a treadmill or cross trainer, perhaps a bike or rowing machine. Use equipment that you are comfortable with.
Get a few friends together and exercise
Last of all, it can be lonely being busy at times and working a lot can really drain you, as much as you don’t want to admit that. So exercising with friends can be a great way to eliminate some loneliness, get valuable exercise and socialise at the same time. While it is difficult to do things together right now, you could go for a socially distanced walk or run outside. When things calm down, local classes may reopen and it might be a great way to find a new way of being active.
When it comes to your health and wellbeing
Your health and wellbeing are two important factors that can have a huge impact on your life. Exercise is one way to feel healthier, but it isn’t the only way to do it. Here are some of the other options that you could consider that will improve your health and wellbeing.
One of the most obvious things that we can do to be healthier is to consider our diet and make some changes. This isn’t about extreme diets where you attempt to lose weight, this is more about finding a balanced approach to things. Our bodies need vitamins, nutrients and minerals to function. So ensure that you eat all of the food groups to get the things that your body needs. We all need a little indulgence in a while, but a focus on a balance between all of the food groups can help you to have a better direction. You will feel more energised, and can even see improvements in other areas like your skin and mood.
The things we can easily forget
Another thing to think about would be to consider getting all of those checkups booked in. We can easily forget to get our eyes tested, but find that we struggle to see distance or read close up. An eye appointment then looking at websites here that could help you to find a suitable pair of glasses to help you back on track. You should also consider things like hearing and dentist checkups. The more we do these things and keep on track of them, the better we will feel physically and mentally.
It is also important to consider things such as your stress levels. We can all find that we can all be affected by stress in our lives. One of the biggest factors can work. This might be due to rising deadlines, issues with work colleagues or problems with line managers. Stress can also be caused by troubled relationships or friendships. Even your financial situation can cause you stress and worry. The best advice is to try and deal with stressful situations as best you can. There are things that you can do to help you do that. You can focus on exercise and even meditation to help you feel better about things or to calm any anxieties down. The more you do to relax and leave your problems behind, the more you will feel better and have a clearer mind about it all.
Getting enough sleep
Sleep is also important but if you are busy this might be one of the last things on your mind. It is understandable that you may feel like you need to utilise every waking hour, but sleep can be valuable to help you get the most out of your days. It isn’t necessarily about the quantity of sleep and more about the wail it’s of sleep that you get. This means that you need to consider things such as relaxing before bed, and avoiding technology and alcohol in the evenings if possible. You should also try reading and doing some hiring different before heading to sleep. Try and track your sleep with applications on your phone so that you can work out how many hours are right for you. Eight might be perfect for some but you may be quite happy on just six or seven, or may even need more. The better sleep you have, the more engined you will feel in the day and therefore will enable you to feel more productive.
Changing our routine and lifestyle for the better
Finally, it may be time to really consider the routine that you have in place. Working hours may not be able to change, but if you can work flexibly then figure out the times that you are most productive and work around them. Your routine may be flustered right now, so try and incorporate the things that will help you to feel better. A chance to eat a decent home-cooked meal, exercise or even meditation or a relaxing bath. These things are all important to you to help with wellbeing and to be able to be your best self. If your routine isn;t working right now, change it.
Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to feeling your best.