As a twenty-something, it always seems we have a million things to do. We work too hard, study too much, try to make time for friends and a social life, all while trying to keep our home at least a little clean and keep to our clean eating and exercise routines.
It can really be exhausting.
For most of my young adult life, I was working close to full-time while going to school. That was my own choice, but it wasn’t easy, let me tell you! So, I understand the struggle with trying to be healthy while always running from place to place.
It’s a never-ending internal conflict of either having coffee for breakfast or grabbing that chocolate bar you left out last night (hey, something’s better than nothing, right?!). From grabbing fast food while on your way to another meeting or tearing your kitchen apart while trying to make a clean meal option.
So, how can a person succeed at all their life tasks while still being healthy?
Here are a few tips that help me maintain my healthy lifestyle even on my busiest days:
1. Buy AND cook in bulk.
It may seem like a lot of work, but buying food in bulk as well as cooking huge portions will save you time throughout the week. Not only does buying in bulk save you some money, but making many portions of food once a week (my day is Sunday), will keep your fridge well-stocked and keep you from turning to fast food when you’re too tired to cook on Wednesday night.
I like to cook things such as healthy crock pot soup, lasagna, kale, and pork stir-fry as well as a healthy treat as a bonus each day. I love homemade chocolate protein bars or a healthy banana bread. You can freeze some of this food and package it up so you don’t have to worry as much about cooking during the week!
2. Schedule your time.
Even though you may not think you have to schedule rest time into your busy day, it’s actually a great idea. Slotting things like rest and fitness into your day will not only keep you on track but give you a time or goal to work towards.
If you don’t schedule time for it, the day starts to get away from you and before you know it, it’s 11 pm and you have yet to exercise. At that point, it’s likely not happening.
If you aren’t a morning person make fitness a priority as soon as you get home from work. Bring a snack with you to have in the afternoon, say a banana and peanut butter, as your pre-workout snack so you are all fueled up and ready to go. Once you’re done, you can go about your nightly routine as usual.
3. Don’t overdo it.
I have a horrible habit of saying yes to pretty much everything that is thrown at me. I don’t like to upset anyone and I always extend myself farther than I can actually go. Make sure you prioritize your tasks and don’t be afraid to say no every once in a while.
That way, you do have a little extra time to focus on yourself and stay healthy.
4. Sleep, sleep, and more sleep.
While you may think this takes time away from being productive. Let me tell you my friend, it’s nearly impossible to be fully productive for a whole day off of four hours of sleep. While you may think you’re fine, your body and mind will be a lot happier when you make it a priority to get your seven (or more) hours of sleep.
All in all, you have to try and make yourself a priority while keeping up with your jobs and tasks at the same time. It just takes a little bit of planning, but it can be done you fellow busy gals!