As we enter further into September, the days are getting shorter and it seems we have more to do than ever. School is restarting and summer days are winding down while our never-ending to-do lists just keep growing. It can feel easier to forgo healthy habits like working out or getting a solid night’s sleep to stay productive. Here are some realistic ways to maintain your own health and wellness as we navigate this new season.
Establish a routine and customize it to you. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, it just has to work. First, be honest with yourself as you create a plan. Are you a morning person who feels energized by getting a workout in before the day starts? Or do you prefer an evening workout to destress and transition out of the day? Is Sunday a good day to meal prep or would you rather spend the day relaxing so you’re ready for the week? There are no wrong answers. Once you’ve got a schedule down, write it out and stick to it. Try scheduling a workout slot, setting your alarm for the same time every day, and taking time the night before to prepare. You can always modify it to find a routine that works best for you.
Prioritize basic self-care. You know that saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup”? It turns out you really can’t. By making time for basic self-care (and we mean basic), such as drinking water throughout the day, eating balanced meals, making time for some type of movement, and getting enough sleep, you’re taking care of yourself. This will make every other thing you need to do that much easier.
Set boundaries. While this isn’t easy, it is necessary. It is ok to say no to opportunities that don’t stimulate you or are just not practical at the moment. Saying yes to the things you truly want will allow you to conserve your energy and focus on what is most important to you.
Enlist help. You’ve got a plan, but you don’t have to go at it alone. Check in with friends and family. It can be helpful just to talk it out and remember you’ve got support. You can always reach out to us to get help with your health/fitness goals.
Any other tips on how you’re keeping up with your own health and wellness, reach out to us and let us know.