Strategy to Staying Healthy
Eating healthy when you are wiped out can be challenging! we all know it!
We’ve all had those days when you collapse on the couch, hungry and drained. Frozen meals are tempting, the snacks in your cabinet are calling your name and delivery sounds like heaven. However that’s not going to help you regain the energy you need for tomorrow’s work day.
For someone like myself that lives an everyday busy lifestyle I make sure I consider the following key components:
Have the Right Intention
Eating healthy, whether you’re busy or not, has to start with a dedication to yourself! You have to want to do it and the best reason is self-motivation to feel energized and alive!
I’m a list person at work and in my personal life. Grocery lists keep me in line and are critically important in maintaining a healthy life style. Figure out what you’ll be making for the week and write out every ingredient you will need - trust me this saves my life and I get to say goodbye to impulse purchases.
For busy people like myself, planning a week’s worth of meals seems impossible. However, preparation is a huge factor in maintaining a healthy diet. Figure out how your week will look, how many meals you can prep in advance and how many set meals can you make. I typically dedicated my Sunday’s to meal prep and grocery shopping, it helps me stay organized and well-balanced. Just remember even if you’re not a planner doesn’t mean you can’t set up some time to prep the night before because we all know the reward is worth it.
You can do it!
The Busy Organic, Melissa Mendes
Many people suffer from sleep depravation or insomnia. With life constantly being on the go and obligations taking over our time for relaxation, we can become over worked and under rested. The practice of Yoga and Prana(breath) are great tools to assist you in the art of relaxation.
It can be as easy as setting aside 30 minutes before bed. Gentle night Yoga or relaxing Prana can give your mind and body the attention it deserves.
Allowing the time for rest in very important. Some studies have shown, people with insomnia or lack the recommended amount of sleep per night, are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, diabetes and congestive heart failure.
Yoga Nidra is a form of cognitive meditation that helps relax all sensory distractions and free the mind of unwanted clutter. There is usually a script along side calming music. While setting up for Yoga Nidra make sure you find yourself in a comfortable position laying on your back in Savasana (corps pose). Pillows, blankets and blocks are all highly suggested.
Mindful breaths combined with a few Asanas (postures) can help put you right to bed.