As a whole, we are a busy generation. We work, have families, travel, wake up early, go grocery shopping and still have time to catch up on our NetFlix shows. We have so many dates, responsibilities and activities, yet seemingly so few hours. How do we maintain a healthy lifestyle that allows us to get everything done without feeling so stressed? Rather than try to change everything, implement these healthy habits one day at a time:
1. Make your bed. It sounds simple, but it keeps you cognizant of separating the beginning of the day from the end of day. The extra minute or two in the morning will give you a sense of accomplishment by the time you are ready to crawl under the covers.
2. Prepare your meals. This doesn't need to be anything crazy. Simply pick a day where you can organize food into simple meals for the week - cut up vegetables, cook extra serving sizes and blend smoothies for an easy grab and go. Stress can often cause us to eat more than we really need, so having pre-portioned meals is a great healthy practice.
3. Talk! With real people. Face to face. About anything. Friends and family are your support system and having conversations in person (rather than by email, text, etc) can give you more laughter, validation and personal interaction that eliminates stress and rejuvenates your energy.
4. Exercise. Maybe it's a spin class or maybe it's a walk in your neighborhood. We know the benefits - increased metabolism, weight loss, etc., but it’s also a stress reliever! Take that gym class, run or bike ride and feel more alert and refreshed.
5. Keep a schedule. Whether it's a daybook or a calendar on your phone, keeping track of activities and obligations allows you avoid double-booking yourself, missing an appointment or forgetting about a birthday. Further your organization by keeping a clean home and conscious knowing that your TrackR keeps you from losing track of all your important items.
6. Read something non-related to your professional life. A page. An article. A magazine. Reward your mind with exploration! Simply reading about something outside of the professional realm allows your brain to switch from work to home, releasing stress and helping you transition from one environment to another.
7. Sleep! Set a bedtime. It's no secret that we function under necessary expectations without proper sleep. Set yourself up to have an actual end to your day. Being tired causes us to feel more disoriented and stressed out.