You wake up to a to-do list that seems to grow longer every day. Your day is packed with everything from feeding little bodies to finishing projects at work. You end the day exhausted, ready to zone out to Netflix for awhile before you repeat the process again tomorrow. You wonder how anyone has time to be healthy when life is this full. The good news is that is it’s possible! Here are four simple steps to take when you feel too busy to be healthy.
When your life feels full, the first thing to prioritize is sleep. Have you noticed how everything feels more difficult when you’re tired? Getting good sleep is a game changer. It allows your brain to think clearer, your body to recover from the stress of the day, and your system to detox and repair itself. Getting to bed at a consistent time every night is a great place to start, and if you feel like you’re going to bed later than you’d like, try moving it ten minutes earlier.
The next place to focus is food. It might seem like a given, but make sure you eat! Skipping meals is so easy when you are crazy busy, but it does nothing but harm to your body. Even if you’re not eating ideal food, make sure you eat something three times a day. This will help stabilize your blood sugar, reduce the stress load on your body and give you the physical energy you need to function.
Now that you’re sleeping and eating, let’s talk about what you eat. When time is limited and you’re on the run, it’s so much easier to choose the fast food drive-thru than a healthy home-cooked meal! If you try to eat perfectly when you’re super busy the only thing you’ll become is burned out. Instead, try to focus on whole foods as much as you can. Think fruits, veggies, whole grains, and real protein. Prepping some food at the beginning of the week can save a lot of time and lead to much better choices all week long! If prepping food sounds daunting, try cooking a bigger batch when you cook so there’s enough for a second meal. Cook once, eat twice!
Lastly, when you feel so busy that you don’t have time to be healthy, it’s a prime time to reconsider boundaries. Where are you spending your time? Is it really what you want to be doing? As women, it comes natural to give our time away to everyone and everything, but we always end up paying the price. When you feel like you don’t have time to take care of you, the thing you need most is to take time to take care of you. What do you need to say no to so that you have that time?
Life fills up fast with all the things–soccer, homework, shopping, errands, work projects, appointments–but even when it feels full, you can make your health a priority. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming! These four steps will set you on a healthy path and become the foundation for many more healthy choices. You’ve got this!