3 Healthy Habits Even Busy People Can Manage
Whether you’re a parent, business professional, overworked college student, or simply have a lot on your plate, there’s a good chance that your life is full of stress. Stressors like work, school, family obligations, and relationships can directly lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices, as people turn to bad habits for comfort, ease, and to cope. It’s hard to choose healthy habits when you’re busy, but here are some ways you can make it happen.
Plan healthy meals in advance
Healthy eating is hard for people who aren’t busy. The siren song of fast food, pizza, and sugary desserts is hard to ignore. If you aren’t well-versed in the kitchen, it can be hard to find healthy options at restaurants.
For busy people, this struggle becomes even harder. Who has time to cook? Between work stress and family obligations, the healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner routine seems like a pipe dream for most people.
But if you make time for a little meal planning and prep, you can develop a healthy eating habit that won’t require constant work throughout the week. Successful meal planners devote a few hours over the weekend to prep and schedule their meals throughout the upcoming week. You can fully prepare dishes and store them in individual containers for easy lunch. You can freeze nearly-prepared meals that you can just pop in the oven for easy weeknight dinners. If you don’t want to prepare the whole meal just yet, you can do a lot of your prep work (chopping, dicing, mixing) beforehand and simply wait until meal time to put it all together.
At first, plan at least one healthy meal per day. Build upon that.
Fit exercise into busy schedules
Very few people have time to devote hours a day to exercise. The good news is that you don’t have to. One healthy habit you can commit to is fitting in some exercise – a 15-minute routine, a brisk walk, yoga, etc. – into your breaks at work. At work, you’ll be free of the distractions of home life, and you won’t have to devote any extra time to working out when you get home.
You can also look to add exercise into other parts of your life, like your commute. Walk or bike to work at least once a week. Get off a stop early on your bus or subway route and walk the rest of the way. Take the stairs to your office instead of the elevator. Little things add up to better overall fitness.
Meditate to avoid bad habits
Relationship issues, various work stressors, and more can lead people to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. While many people can handle a drink or two after work to calm the nerves, it’s never a good idea to rely on substances to give you peace of mind. Instead, turn to meditation. Whether it’s practicing a mantra, guided meditation through an app, focused breathing, or yoga, any activity that lets you focus on your present, instead of the stress of your future responsibilities and obligations, is a good habit to have.
Even if you don’t want to practice strict meditation, it’s important to make time for yourself. Whether it happens early in the morning before your family gets up, during a break at work, or after everyone goes to bed, you need that alone time, free of life’s many distractions, to recharge yourself.
Stress, anxiety, and the feeling of being too busy to function are normal problems for most people. If you practice some basic healthy habits, however, you can begin to learn how to manage this stress and still fulfill your many obligations.
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