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Far too many of us put our hectic schedules before our health when we shouldn’t do. The problem is that it feels like our work is stacked on top of us, which is why we focus on that rather than on looking after ourselves. The issue is that it’s a catch 22 situation: you know that you need to look after yourself better by staying active and putting the right food into your body, but you’re so stressed out from work that you struggle to think about that. It might be a stressful situation but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that is, that it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to find the perfect balance and ensure that neither your health or your career sufferers because of it. Here’s how to do that:
Focus on Finding Grab-and-go Meals
To make sure you stick to your diet, the best thing you can do is to prepare and plan meals in advance. Whenever you have time to cook in bulk, do that and store the meals that you've made in the fridge or freezer. There’s nothing nicer than heading to the fridge and having a meal ready to go, whether that’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that you’ve got healthy, nutritious food available as and when you need it. Need a little inspiration for healthy meals on the go? Blog posts like ‘Nutrition on the Go’ are worth a read as they can offer some fantastic tips and ideas for eating well even when life is hectic. You may also find that Pinterest is a useful resource, as there are always plenty of ideas on there.
Practice Deep Breathing and Yoga
You might not think that an exercise as simple as deep breathing and practicing yoga will help to calm and relax you, but believe it or not; it can do. So to help prevent stress from your hectic schedule having an impact on your health, regularly practicing deep breathing and yoga is a good idea. Aim to do ten minutes of yoga or meditation every morning before work and every evening before bed to help calm your mind and relax you.
Exercise as and when you can
When life is crazy, it’s easy to put off exercising regularly, but you don’t want to make this mistake as both your physical and mental health will suffer for it. Did you know that when you exercise, your brain releases chemicals that make coping with stress easier, so by making time to exercise, you are helping to reduce the stress that your hectic lifestyle is causing? If you have no time to schedule exercise, aim to get active as and when the opportunity arises. Take the stairs, not the life. Walk to work, don’t take the bus. Power walk while at lunch. Take every opportunity to exercise that comes your way, and you will feel better for it.
Don’t make the mistake of putting your career before your health - you will regret it if you do because your wellness will suffer.