It’s easy to dream about keeping a schedule that’s perfectly balanced between self-care and being productive on a calm Sunday afternoon. However, as soon as the work week starts and things get a little crazy, all of that self-care and balance usually tends to go out the window. Most of us almost always fall back into old habits as soon as things become a little bit challenging. So how do you combat that? How do you set yourself up for a successful week even when you’re super busy? Here are Seven simple tips that can make a world of difference.
Honestly, you can’t do everything or please everyone in just a day. Before you sleep, make a list of the important things you have to do. So take a good hard look at all of the work you’re putting on that never-ending to-do list of yours and prioritize.
2.START YOUR MORNING IN A PEACEFUL WAY
Instead of waking up and immediately checking your email, pause and take a few deep breaths. This small change will make such a big difference in the way you feel throughout the day. If you want to take it a step further, try not to check your phone until you’ve gotten out of bed and stepped into the other room. Giving yourself space from the outside world and all of your responsibilities will help you feel more calm and grounded as you begin your day.
Eating well when you’re really busy can be challenging. That’s why it’s so important to have a little bit of foresight and to plan ahead, especially when you know you’re going to have a crazy week. Have your desk or bag stocked with a couple of healthy snack options at all times. This could be anything from fresh fruit to your favorite nut (preferably unsalted), or a minimally processed protein bar. Making sure you have healthy snacks allows you to make better choices when you get hungry in the middle of the day and you’re pressed for time. A little bit of planning can really go a long way here.
I’m pretty sure you are asking yourself, how you are going to exercise when you have to rush to the office when the Call from your Boss comes in. don’t stress it! Did you know you can exercise when you are bathing, watching television, there are some you can even do at your desk. Adding as little as 10 or 15 minutes of moderate exercise to your daily activities can boost your energy levels and lower your risk of a number of health conditions.
5.Keep Your Family and Friends around
Family and Friends are people we call the support network. It makes sense, because having someone to talk to when life is tough just makes you feel ‘the can do spirit’ .So don’t feel like grabbing coffee with a friend or taking a long weekend to go back home to visit your folks is being unproductive. Actually, taking little actions like those regularly makes sure your support network is strong and will be ready for you if times do get tough.
Do something you haven’t done in a while, take your dog with you for a walk. Finish a book you started reading months ago, surf the internet for movies and you will realize how good you have done to yourself than harm.
7.TAKE TIME TO REST
Amidst your busy schedule it can be really easy to forget the value of downtime, but don’t be mistaken, it’s incredibly important! Carving out a little bit of intentional downtime every night (yes, every night!) will absolutely help you be well and stay well. I say intentional downtime because it’s very different from mindlessly falling down an internet rabbit hole and staring at your phone for 30 minutes. When your resting time is intentional it allows your mind and body to get on board with one another which will help you really chill out. You can read, listen to music, even just spend time drinking a cup of tea and chatting with your partner or friend- the sky’s the limit as long as you feel relaxed.