Who doesn’t want to have a healthy body and mind? Everybody, right? However, the fact is that we are all busy. Doesn’t it take more time to cook healthy than getting take-out? How can a busy mom who homeschools three children find the time? Well, I have found some tricks along the way that might make a difference for you. Enjoy these four life hacks from improved health and wellbeing.
1. Meal Prep is Key
You know that you are what you eat. However, eating and cooking well can take a lot of time. What I have found to work is meal preparation in advance. If you set aside a day or evening to cook two meals in advance. You can then place single-servings in the fridge for use throughout the week. You can do this for your kids’ school lunches as well. In fact, I encourage you to get your kids into the kitchen often. All can learn cooking basics and just as important how to clean up afterward.
2. Find Your Destress Outlet
Life can be challenging at times. With work, school, family, and other commitments, finding a balance is sometimes difficult and stressful. However, it is important to not let the stress build up. Everyone needs to destress and frequently. Many people opt to practice yoga, meditate, or garden. Others need a more adventurous form of meditation as this author explains in a TEDx talk. Others tend to choose unhealthy destressing outlets like recreational drugs and/or alcohol. When used in excess and abused, these can be harmful to not only the individual’s health but that of everyone around him/her. If you know someone who needs help with an addiction, read these American Addiction Centers reviews.
3. Get Moving and Outdoors
An easy way to both burn calories and clear your mind is to get moving. Whether you choose to take a walk, get on a bike, or hike in your local park, getting out of the house or office is a great way to improve your health. By increasing your activity, you can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and more. However, you must select an activity you enjoy or you won’t stick to it. This goes for your entire family too. Make it a family activity.
4. Sleep is Your Friend
With all that you have on your plate, sometimes it may be hard to let your mind go and fall asleep. However, sleep is your best friend in health. When you sleep, your body is repairing itself. Not only is sleep recharging your muscles, but also your mind. It is recommended that you get eight hours of sleep. To get your needed sleep, you may need to implement some tricks. Try setting a normal bedtime. Stick to it even on the weekends. Also, turn off all screens: cellphones, TVs, and tablets an hour before your bedtime. Lastly, try a tea or supplement with melatonin to assist in falling and staying asleep.
Over the past year, we have all witnessed the importance of our health. It is our greatest wealth. So, why not invest in yourself and your health? Start today with these easy life hacks. Good luck and be well!