How much of a priority do you make for your health? Here is the dilemma, when you are busy and overwhelmed it is easy to put your health on the back burner. We often fail to maintain regular checkups with our doctors and are too busy to exercise. We eat what’s quick and easy which is often processed foods or fast foods rather than choosing healthy options.
I sometimes feel guilty about going to yoga or exercise when I have so much work to do, school, kids, and other responsibilities that I feel are more important. The excuses become easy; I’m too tired, I’ll eat better tomorrow, and so on. That has to stop. Your health is incredibly important, and without taking care of yourself, we can’t function effectively at work or with our families.
Establishing healthy habits help us achieve our goals, keep us motivated, and improves our lives all around. Here are a few tips to make your health a priority even under time constraints.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Your body and brain need fuel, so it is critical that you start your day off right with a healthy breakfast. It is important to understand that all breakfasts are not created equal. You want to eat the right foods to give your body energy, not sugary or greasy foods that will make you crash quickly. Stay away from the left over pizza and doughnuts.
I keep it simple and eat the same breakfast almost every day. Avocado toast and an egg over easy. Its the perfect combination of healthy carbohydrates, low-fat protein, and the avocado contains naturally good fat with over 20 vitamins. If I am really healthy, I drink a protein shake but then have small healthy snacks later in the day.
Breakfast time is also the perfect time to connect with your family before you all rush off and being your day. We are usually rushed in the morning but have about 15 minutes to connect and check in. Every moment is precious!
Exercise or meditate
It is well known that exercise and meditation reduce stress. Whether it is going for a walk, yoga, lifting weights, playing sports with your kids or any other form of exercise you enjoy, find something that you can do every day. Exercise can also boost your immune system and prevent you from developing future health concerns like heart disease. Just a few minutes of meditation in the morning can refresh you and set your mind right for a successful day. You don’t have to spend a full hour, but regular exercise or meditation will reduce stress and increase your energy.
Check in with your doctor
It is critical that you don’t wait until you are sick or in pain to visit your doctor. Many things can be prevented if you have regular health exams. You can find problems early and treat them before they become significant issues. By being proactive with your health, you are helping your chances for a longer healthier life.
Not to mention, you can cut your healthcare costs. Checkups can save you money in the long run as they help minimize the risk of potential health issues that will lower your risks for surgery and more extensive medical care as would be incurred if you put off going to the doctor.
Getting enough sleep improves your life all around including your memory, productivity, learning ability, and reduce stress to lift your mood. It is recommended that you get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. This may require watching less tv or sacrificing other things in your life to ensure you get enough rest. I get up at the same time everyday so I try to make sure to go to bed at the right time to ensure I am sleeping enough. When I get overtired I become irritable. That’s no good for anyone in the home or workplace.
Lift your spirits
Some mornings you don’t want to get out of bed. When you have a setback in your life, it can kill your motivation. Making time to lift your spirits daily will help overcome those challenges. To do this, you can read an inspiring book, motivational quotes, or write down your thoughts in a journal. Doing this daily will allow you keep you on track and in the right mindset.
After school each day, I ask my kids “what was the best part of your day.” Mine is always spending time with my family. I work hard and look forward spending time with them.
Make yourself a priority and take care of your health. You can’t make all these changes at once, but if you do a little each day, you will see drastic improvements in your overall health, energy levels, and wellbeing. Developing habits that will keep you healthy will in turn make you more productive and prepared to handle any situation that is thrown your way.