Trying to balance work, life, fitness, and eating well can feel impossible with limited hours in the day. Despite being aware of the surmounting research that regular exercise and healthy eating habits can actually reduce stress, improve individual's energy levels and work-life balance.
So the question is ‘how to balance work, life, and a wellness routine?’
Utilize your strengths. While we would all like to be experts in many areas, some may require more learning and practice. Find some places that you already excel in and utilize those skills to help you in achieving a new goal. If organization is your forte, making and keeping a weekly meal plan may be in your scope of possibility. If you haven’t used a pot or pan since top ramen days in college, don’t jump into Julia Child level recipes. Instead, start with some basic meal planning that involves healthy prepared foods like a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken or light cooking requirements like instant brown rice,
Boost your vitamin D levels. Whether it’s a morning run or a walking midday meeting, get outside and boost your vitamin D levels. From a fitness point of view, vitamin D is the best legal performance enhancer you can get, and arguably outperforms many of the illegal ones. At a cellular level, it massively boosts energy and recharges your battery quicker. Repeated studies have shown vitamin D working at a cellular level to repair damage from injury or physical stress.
Know when to go for the bronze. Instead of taking on an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to your workout routine, strive for a realistically balanced routine. Pressure to do our best at everything can be paralyzing, and perfectionism is deadly to balanced living. In pursuit of the best, we end up burning tons of time and energy trying to maximize the things that may already be good enough and leave ourselves depleted when we head into the next activity. In fact, research has found that while gold medallists may be happiest, bronze medallists appear considerably happier than silver winners.
Have a plan B… and C. If your day gets foiled by a last-minute meeting, or one of your kids' school nurses is calling because your child is sick, DON'T SWEAT IT. I know that's easier said than done, but try this: Have some alternative ideas in your back pocket, almost like a secondary course of action that's part of your plan. Find some great fitness YouTube channels, and get the workout done in the confines of your own home if you can't make it to the gym or fitness studio.