There’s so many wonderful things to enjoy about life, and you’ll probably have a never-ending list of goals, and things you still want to do, see, and achieve. However, there’s also a pressure attached to today’s busy lifestyles; social media, and constant content can be a great thing, but, it’s also topping-up those feelings of inadequacy in many. There’s a difference between enjoying a jam-packed, fulfilling life, and being too busy to appreciate the little things, or any downtime. It can be easy to get caught in the trap of overworking yourself; with work, family, social commitments, and an array of other things to “focus” on, it’s a slippery slope towards prioritizing everything else, over yourself. If you’re constantly trying to keep up with things externally, you’ll have now rime or energy left to concentrate on what’s most important; your own health and well-being.
For a start, it’s worth remembering that what you see online is often the cream-of-the-crop regarding people’s lives, it’ll also be edited, and selling a false impression.The best way to stop comparing yourself, or running yourself ragged trying to maintain and unachievable life, is to think about how you’re feeling first. Looking at yourself, your physical health, and mental well-being, is the perfect way to ensure that you’re making smart choices regarding your life. You’ll also be able to avoid fatigue and stress more often, giving you plenty of pep in your step and energy so that your productivity increases. A boost in your productivity and finding satisfaction in your own goals and achievements (over, looking at and worrying about other people’s) will keep ensuring that you have positivity streaming-in from a number of fresh directions.
Therefore, there’s no time like right now, you start looking where and how to improve, change, and refocus your lifestyle. And, you’re in the right place already; the following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who are feeling a little overwhelmed, and want to focus on themselves for better health, well-being, and productivity.
Focus On Rest As Much As Activity
Believe it or not, you can be proactive in your life by focusing more on your rest, relaxation, and recuperation. Ensuring that your body and mind are able to unwind and switch-off regularly is a vital part of a balanced and healthy life. Therefore, if you’re on the go at every waking moment; you won’t be giving yourself the proper downtime you require. It’s time to change your schedule. There’s always going to be moments where you could be unwinding; however, guilt often plays a part in you choosing to tackle a task or a chore, so you’ve talked yourself out of it, before you’ve even started. If you’re one of the many busy bees that find it challenging to switch off, commit to some downtime in your digital or physical diary. Make plans to have no plans, other than to do something mindful, relaxing, or absolutely nothing at all. It may not feel quite right at first, but, the sooner you start, the quicker you’ll gain the benefits, and it will begin to become a healthy habit. Treat yourself to a regular trip to the spa, book in for a massage, or head to a cafe without your phone and with just a book. Make sure you give your brain and body the change of scene and pace so that all those stresses can begin to ebb-away.
Work, family, and social commitments often lead to a busy mind, and evening plans, when you’d rather stay-in. Well (again, it might not be easy at first), it’s time to learn to say no to plans, and cancel things when you’re feeling rundown. You’ll be able to squeeze in an extra-long bath, and ensure that you’re relaxed before you head to bed. Ensuring that you get plenty of quality sleep and shut-eye, is another crucial element to bettering your health and wellness. Understanding best time to sleep and wake up will also make sure that you feel energized each day so that productivity naturally increases. T may sound strange, but, you’ll find that resting more and doing less things that aren’t of significant importance, will open-up your schedule, and welcome more of what you want to do and achieve in life. Thus, increasing your productivity levels, leading to a fulfilling life ahead.
Having things like a spa day, long, lazy weekend, or even a vacation, to look forward to, is a sure fire way to give you a happy boost each day. Therefore, stop thinking about booking something in, and just book it! There’s no better time. There are always great deals, both locally and further afield, online, so take charge and give yourself [plenty of moments of restorative time to look forward to.
Focus On Nourishing With Food, Not Denying Yourself Of It
Sometimes, it feels easier to grab your food quickly so that it takes-up minimal time and effort, and you can squeeze all those other things into your day. However, fast food, snacks, and quick treats from the local coffee shop, are often just a way to top-up on fast acting sugar. These will give you a burst of energy alright, but, it’ll be short-lived, and will cause your energy to crash soon afterwards. Energy crashes will make things seem even more overwhelming, and life becomes a struggle; this inevitably has a negative impact on your productivity, and trickles into your inner health and well-being. Therefore, by putting a little time and effort into your meals, snacks, and drinks; you’ll be able to ensure that your nourishing yourself with food that keeps you full for longer, provide you with plenty of nutrients, and most importantly, happiness and energy. You can even incorporate planning and preparing your food, into a mindful part of each day or week so that you’ll be refocusing you brain, as mentioned previously.
There are so many recipe ideas online, and you’ll find something to suit every taste, budget, and lifestyle. The more enjoyment you get from preparing and eating your food, the easier it is to ensure it becomes a healthy and positive addition to your life. It’s not about denying yourself of all treats and things you love. Sometimes, you’ll just need that ice cream or cookies to get you through a Netflix binge. However, it’s more about discovering a balance and understanding what foods will help you get through a busy week, while having a nourishing and beneficial effect on your body. Set aside half an hour or so, every weekend, to check out some recipes, and write down the ingredients for the ones that you feel are going to be the tastiest. You’ll then head online or to the supermarket, armed with a list, and won’t waste money on food full of empty calories that will make you feel rubbish in the long run.
You could also utilize some of your new found free time to get some meals prepped for the rest f the week. You’re unlikely to want to cook from scratch after work each day. Therefore, it’s worth having plenty of yummy options in your freezer that you can heat-up quickly; you’re own delicious ready-meals are a great way to ensure you’re getting a balanced diet. Again, you don’t need to fork out (teehee) for new cookbooks; there are so many resources online. Take a look and do a little research, and find out what you can whip-up in your kitchen this weekend, and enjoy for the weeks ahead. See, your productivity has increased already!
Focus On Achievable, Everyday Activity
It’s no secret that fitness ad regular exercise is extremely beneficial to your health, wellness, and lifestyle. However, many don’t think about the everyday ways that they can add more fitness into their routine, other than their gym sessions or exercise classes. Fortunately, you can get into great habits regarding exercising, without it impacting your time at all. The better your fitness levels are, the more energy you’ll have; it’s a cycle of figuring out your time wisely, making mindful choices, and leading a happier and more balanced life ahead. Start by leaving for work a little earlier so that you can walk all or some of the way, especially when the weather is good. After you’ve scheduled-in that hour to yourself (well done), use it to grab that latte you’ve been craving, but, walk around the park with it. Taking in the sights and sounds of nature will be a great way to relax your mind, as you get fit in the meantime; it’s a win-win!
Stretch and breathe as much as you can. Setting an alarm in your phone so that you can get-up from your desk for a walk, stretch, or some deep breaths, is an excellent way to create new, healthy habits. All of these things will combine to ensure that your health and well-being are the top of your priority list, and positive productivity will flow naturally, becoming second nature. Take one step at a time; you’ve got this!