7 Easy Ways to Make Your Health a Priority in Your Busy Lifestyle
When you’re on-the-go from sunrise until sunset (and beyond), it can be difficult to take care of yourself. Between work, commuting, chores, and the other people you care for, how can you snatch a moment for yourself? Even an express Pilates class is 45 minutes, and cooking a healthy meal takes twice as long as takeout.
The good news? You don’t have to become a marathon runner overnight. There are quick, easy ways to improve your health without disrupting your routine.
Below are 8 easy tips that can help you find more energy and calm in the midst of your daily life.
#1: Wake Up with Superfoods
Early in the morning, our stomachs are empty, and our bodies are primed to absorb nutrients. Use this precious time to fill your system up with the good stuff!
If you take a multivitamin, it can help to compensate for a nutrient-poor diet. However, we recommend eating right to get basic vitamins and minerals like Calcium, Potassium, and Vitamin C. (Don’t worry—tips are coming!)
Then, up your wellness game with anti-inflammatory superfoods that can help to prevent aging (from your skin’s surface down to your immune system response). Our favorites include:
- Green tea
- Shiitake mushrooms
Don’t have time to cook an omelet with these exotic herbs? Don’t worry—you can add them to your smoothie.
#2: Drink a Protein-packed Smoothie
Protein helps you get the energy you need to go about your day. It also helps you feel full.
All you need for a morning smoothie is:
- Vegan protein powder
- Milk of your choice (whole milk, oat milk, etc.)
Blend these together and voila! You have breakfast. However, we won’t stop you from getting more elaborate by adding:
- Frozen spinach or kale
- Superfood powders
Pour your smoothie in a thermos and head out the door.
#3: Hydrate More Effectively
You know you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day. But if you’re not a big water drinker, you may wonder if Coca-Cola or coffee count.
Need a break from tap water? Treat yourself to CBD water, which is naturally hydrating and energy-boosting.
#4: Integrate Exercise into Your Commute
Don’t have time for exercise? Think of creative ways to get just a little sweat in on your morning commute.
- Even if you’re not planning to walk or bike to work, you can still stretch for a few minutes before you get in the car.
- Park further away to get in a few extra steps.
- Take the stairs rather than the elevator once you arrive at your building.
If you’re already rushing simply to arrive on time, we understand. Instead, be sure to get in a brief walk during lunch.
#5: Eat a Mindful Lunch
Speaking of lunch… mindful eating is a proven way to find more relaxation and calm in your everyday life.
Don’t eat in front of a screen. Instead, sit alone with your food, being present for the taste and texture of each bite. That’s all there is to mindful eating! (You can practice this discreetly even if you’re out with colleagues.)
#6: Get a Vegetable Subscription
If your lunch consists of something from the vending machine, you may not want to pay attention. That Cup O’Noodles is less than inspiring.
Our solution? Make sure you’re eating at least one nutritious, delicious item.
If you struggle to grocery shop, make life easier with a fruit and veggie box. That way, you can throw a piece of fruit in the bag on your way to work. Enjoy the veggies in a simple stir-fry or salad at night.
#7: Make Sleep Sacred
There’s nothing like a good night’s rest for improving your mood. The same is true for your health. If you struggle to get sleep, try out:
- Blackout curtains
- A noise machine
- Investing in a better mattress
- Cooling sheets.
But the most important thing of all? Get in the habit of going to sleep at the same time every night. Soon, you’ll find it’s easier to fall asleep, wake up, and start all over again.
Rethinking Your To-Do List
When you’re overwhelmed with tasks and chores, it can be difficult to put “healthy living” on your to-do list.
However, when you neglect your health, it puts your short-term and long-term goals at risk. If your health declines, who’s going to clean the house, buy the groceries, and do your job?
Put these easy, achievable steps towards healthy living at the top of your to-do list. That way, you’ll have the energy and resilience to keep up with your busy schedule. You’ll feel better doing it, too!