Cool, calm and collected

Lifestyle Wednesday 17/October/2018 19:16 PM
By: Times News Service
Cool, calm and collected

No matter what you’re chasing or up against — goals, bargains, chores, deadlines, your kids, etc. — life can be crazy. There never seems to be enough time to check everything off your to-do list, especially if you’re always on the go. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your sanity while managing your busy lifestyle:
Plan ahead for meals and snacks
You have enough to think about during your busy days, so don’t overload yourself with any extra, unnecessary decision-making. When it comes to eating, shop for all your weekday meals at the beginning of the week and prep them in bulk ahead of time. Try pre-packaged smoothie bags for a healthy breakfast, and prep veggies and your favourite proteins to build out your meals for the entire week. For moments when you need a quick and convenient burst of energy, keep ready-made, protein-packed snacks on hand.
Sneak in a workout
Truthfully, you don’t need more than 20 minutes to fit in a great workout. Short bursts of high-intensity exercise, like interval training, can actually be more effective. If you’re stuck at a desk for most of the day, try a few sets of pushups or crunches in between meetings. Or how about taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away from your office — the extra steps add up. If you’re travelling, take your workout on the road with you by downloading a fitness app. With one tap, your hotel room becomes a gym!
Make music part of your routine
If you’re feeling mentally tense or worn out, music’s always a wonderful way to collect oneself or reinvigorate your state of mind. Stressed at work? Chill out by listening to a relaxing playlist or the sounds of nature in the background. Driving to pick up the kids across town? Turn on your favourite artist and rock out until you get home. You’ll feel your mood shift in no time!
Schedule some me time
In the middle of your busy schedule, don’t forget to prioritise some time for yourself. Block off time on your calendar to work on a hobby or to take in that movie you’ve been wanting to see with your significant other. Pick up your favourite treat at the grocery store and indulge yourself. Take it a step further and get a massage or start planning the perfect vacation. “Me time” gives you a chance to recharge your batteries before returning to your everyday routines. You’ll be able to tackle the next day’s agenda with a clear head.
Don’t push yourself too hard
An active, on-the-go lifestyle can be exciting and fulfilling, but don’t overdo it. Pushing yourself to the limit is good occasionally, but it’s not something you should do all the time. If you’re feeling stressed, take some time to evaluate the situation. You might need to ask for help or move something off your plate. Also, be sure to make time for what matters most to you.
No matter how packed your schedule is, there’s always room for peace and calm. With these tips, you’ll be able to wave away any stress.