While some of our schedules may allow for a moment to catch our breath, many of us are rushing from one activity to another in the never-ending quest to get everything done. Between work, family and the various activities we devote our lives to, it can be quite challenging to take the time to focus on ourselves. Luckily there are several changes you can make to your daily schedule that can make your life centered around everyday well-being.
There is one small thing we can all do for ourselves no matter how hectic our day might be. You can take the time to cut out a small portion of each day and allow yourself to be alone and meditate. You can take five minutes at the start of the day to get yourself mentally ready or allow yourself several moments of silence at the end of each day to unwind from it all. Forbes lists the scientific benefits of mediation to include a reduction of anxiety, age and race bias, depression, and distractions. In turn, mindfulness and meditation increases body satisfaction and improves cognition.
One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to nourish our bodies. Eating healthy may not always be the most convenient choice, but it’s one of the best steps we can take to maintaining a physically balanced body. While shopping at health food stores and meal prepping at the start of weeks can cut down on time spent preparing meals during the week, there are a variety of services you can subscribe to in order to make healthy eating easier. You could try checking out plant based meal delivery to bring you whole-food, ready-made meals right to your door. It’s hard to be the best version of yourself when your body isn’t properly fueled.
Exercise is often advised, but seldom easy to pack into a busy schedule. When we come home tired, it’s difficult to motivate ourselves to go to the gym, and it’s easy to fall out of healthy habits. Some fitness fanatics have the motivation to wake up early and squeeze a workout in before work, but most mere mortals are unable to find this kind of drive. There are ways that you can exercise on a busy schedule. Take the stairs whenever you can and find extra excuses to get your Fitbit steps up. Leave public transportation a stop early or find an excuse to walk around and talk on the phone instead of sending e-mails from your desk. While at home, plan small exercise intervals to take during breaks. Drop and do squats every twenty minutes, walk in place, or find something to clean. Lunch breaks are also ideal pockets of time to squeeze some extra movement in, or you can sign up for a class after work for group motivation.
While making money and taking care of loved ones are always going to be high ranking concerns, don’t forget to take the time to nourish yourself spiritually as well. Discover what makes you happy and devote a small portion of everyday, or at least every week, to exploring your interests. Relax with a good book and a hot bath at the end of a long day. Take a walk in a park or play a sport you haven’t thought about in a while. Maybe you want to end each day with a calming yoga session. No matter what age or stage of your life you are at, it’s never too late to expand upon long forgotten hobbies or learn new things. Sign up for a local class or head out with a group of friends to something fun like Painting with a Twist. See what your town has to offer by exploring local classes and opportunities. Whatever you choose, make sure that you’re not allowing your passions and hobbies to be forgotten. They should be a part of your daily schedule, since balance is the key to a happy and fulfilled life.