If you really are super super super busy or you feel as if you are (sometimes we feel as if we don’t have time to be healthy but it might just be that we are not juggling our demands correctly, I’m certainly good at doing that) Firstly I would say look at your life and check if there’s some tweaking you can do in order to have more time to be healthier. If you really have no spare time there are still some small things that you can do that will help.
1. Swop a coffee for a vegetable juice
With living a busy life usually comes a lot of eating and drinking on the go. Try swooping one coffee a day (or more) for a fresh vegetable juice. In a big city such as London there are lots of juice bars around, otherwise a container of juice will also work (not as well but hey, better than a coffee) In a fresh vegetable juice there are tons of macronutrients. Getting the goodies from 2 carrots, 1 beetroot, 2 apples, 2 stalks of celery and 1 cube of ginger (for example) in one go is a good thing….and gives you way more energy than a coffee.
2. Set the timer for 10 min
If you feel overwhelmed because you have sooo many things to do and you don’t know where to start, set the timer for 10 min and just start doing whatever first comes to mind. When the timer is up you can have a break or stop but I find that I just keep going because I have the momentum going and the I-don’t-know-where-to-start-freeze has been broken.
3. Think positive thoughts
It doesn’t take more time to think happy, positive thoughts than negative ones but it’s a great way to better health and happiness. I found it very easy to only think positive thoughts when I was faced with Multiple Sclerosis since I knew I had to if I wanted to stay well. But on a day to day basis it’s more tricky but something well worth working on. Try to pay attention to your thoughts. Are they mainly positive or negative? If negative try to change them to positive ones.
“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought” Peace Pilgrim
4. Do the items on the to do list that you really don’t want to do straight away
I’m an expert in leaving the have-to-do-but-really-don’t-want-to-do items until last minute. Which really is a huge waste of energy, they them become “clouds” hanging over you and every minute that they are hanging over you is not good for stress levels hence bad for your health.
5. Swop afternoon cake, crisps or chocolate for nuts, seeds and fruit
Again it’s easy when the afternoon slump after too much coffee kicks in to reach for a-pick-me-upper that would do nothing beneficial for your health. As often as possible go for some nuts, fruit, seeds and dried fruit