It is quite worrying how sometimes people will get so busy that they even forget to take care of their health. When on a lunch break and have just a few minutes to spare, looking for the nearest place to eat that is also the cheapest is usually the easiest way to go. What people ought to be aware of is that self-care is not an option and even if you don’t have much time, or rather- you think you don’t have much time, putting you and your wellbeing on hold can be somewhat detrimental.
The risk of suffering from a burn out due to fatigue and excessive tiredness is real and although many people think that it can’t happen to them, unfortunately, they soon may come to realize that they were terribly wrong. Looking after your mind and body should always be a priority and never overlooked.
Here are some quick, straightforward ways to ensure your body is well catered at all times:
- Morning Yoga
If a person is not in tune with their body, they can easily miss out on what the body is trying to communicate to them. Morning sessions of yoga and/or meditation are a very effective way to feel grounded and more present. Moreover, stretching and yoga is key for a healthy start to the day, as the body can be tense by long hours sitting in front of computer. While you sleep muscles do get a good rest, but they don’t stretch and so soreness and stiffness doesn’t automatically go away. Some of the best stretches to do in the morning are ab stretches, as these usually don’t exclusively involve the core but also involve other muscles like shoulders, lower back and chest. It only takes a few minutes but has a great impact on your body: if done regularly, stretching increases efficiency, performance, mobility, sleep and even focus.
- Prepare Healthy Meals
One of the most effective and timesaving ways to ensure a healthy diet, is to prepare food in advance, a practice that has now become widely popular and known as “meal prepping”. Meal prepping basically means preparing your food in in advance and often in one sitting. It is well known that eating healthy brightens mood, strengthens the immune system, improves skin, reduces insomnia, and provides the body with tons of energy.
Preparing in advance saves time and money: food prepared upfront will just be heated up (or not even) and consumed, without having to dwell on what to prepare or resorting to last minute take-out because you’re exhausted and hungry.
- Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is vital for health, both physical and mental. Although too much as well as too little sleep are both health hazards, lack of sleep will reduce productivity and sharpness of the mind. This means that a good amount of sleep (6 to 8 hours per night) will help energy levels remain high during the day, as well as keep stress levels under control. Also, getting a sufficient amount of sleep reduces the odds of getting sick as better sleeping patterns boosts immunity.
- Accomplish Something Creative
When someone is quite busy, they could start to feel like they are experiencing burnout. To avoid such a scenario and relax the body and mind, one could consider doing something fun. Try painting, designing or practicing creative writing, anything to give the mind a break.
- Learn to Organize Workflow
Everything cannot be accomplished at one single instance, so it’s important to set realistic goals and strategize workflow accordingly. Tackling a single task at a time will help avoid rushed work and instances of burnouts.
No matter how large your workload is, prioritizing self-care and taking good care of your mind and body is essential to healthy and happy living.