The American Dream say, “If you want to get ahead, you have to work hard, devote yourself to your pursuit, and save downtime for when you retire.” But as we all know, we are not machines, which means in order to maintain our health and wellness we need to make time for relaxation and leisure. Balancing work life with personal life isn’t easy. There are a lot of moving parts and we literally have thousands of different responsibilities jostling for our attention.
However, in my opinion, we need to make more time for relaxation and pleasure now because if we wait until retirement we may never truly get to enjoy the fruits of our labors. In fact, maintaining your health should always be somewhere near the top of your priority list. If you don’t take care of your body, you won’t have the energy to enjoy your free time or perform well in your busy lifestyle.
5 tips to better balance your health & Well-being on the go
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
I am a big believer in adequate hydration. Water plays an important role in keeping your joints lubricated, improving sleep quality, cognition, mood, and a host of other bodily functions. However, staying hydrated can be tricky when you’re constantly buzzing about. The good news is there are actions you can take to make sufficient hydration a reality.
For instance, if you’re in an office setting, take a trip to your office’s hydration station each time you take a break (Research suggests you should take a 10-minute break every hour). Or keep a full water bottle handy.
If you’re out of the office a lot, you can keep a cooler of drinks in your vehicle. You might even turn your hydration into a fun game while you’re on the job in order to keep you motivated by downloading one of these hydration apps.
Meal planning and preparation are a key factors for a balanced life. Nutrition is a big pillar of health. Furthermore, meal prep is uniquely tailored for people with busy schedules. Through a creatively devised plan, you can easily throw together an entire week’s worth of meals over a weekend. All you need is time, a strategy, and the right ingredients. Meal planning done right means you never have to make time to cook during the week. It is also cost effective. By packing your lunch every day, you’re saving yourself time and money.
Keep a Tight Sleep Schedule
Many people live life at a breakneck pace. Living life in the fast lane means there isn’t much time for necessities like sleep. But sleep, much like hydration and nutrition, is vital for a healthy and full existence. A regular sleep schedule can help you avoid chronic fatigue and fill you with more energy to accomplish your various activities.
Just like with hydration, there are countless sleep apps that have been designed to help you track and monitor your sleep so you can wake up revitalized and refreshed.
The main point to remember here is a little exercise is better than none. Whether you wake up early, go after work, or squeeze in a session during the middle of the day, it is imperative you stay active. You will never enjoy the benefits of a happy and healthy life if you do not strive towards fitness. You may not have time for an hour and 30-minute routine, and that’s alright. Regiments, such as circuit training, make it easy to engage your entire body in as little as 30-minutes.
Stop Relying on Caffeine
There is a lot of conflicting research regarding coffee and other various forms of caffeine. When it comes to grey areas, such as caffeine, the best method of action is moderation. What does this look like on a day-to-day basis? Well, if you’re a multiple cup of coffee person, limit yourself to a specific amount.
For instance, when I am in the mood for more than one cup of coffee, I never drink more than two cups. Now, I am Italian so I have a high caffeine tolerance; nevertheless, I have made it a habit to listen to my body. Keep in mind that each person’s caffeine tolerance is unique to them. Having said that, multiple research studies have found that you should consume no more than four cups of coffee per day.
September 2, 2020