Your Wellbeing Depends on You

Work, home, school, daycare, sports practice, endless errands, spouses, children, aging parents, and occasionally friends, the gym and a little sleep all demand a piece of your time. If you’re like most people, there are days when you feel like you can’t possibly fit it all in.

The truth is, you can’t possibly do it all. And if you’re not taking the time to invest in your own wellbeing, eventually you won’t be of much help to anyone.

Take a good look at the things you regularly save for last on your to-do list. These are likely things like eating healthier, working out and spending time with family and friends. These are actually the very things that recharge your batteries and should become your priority.

Diet

Running from one activity to the next often leads to skipping meals or stopping for fast food. While you may be saving time in the moment, not eating or eating processed foods that are high in fat and calories but low in nutritional value will leave you feeling rundown and unable to focus.

Spending just a little time preparing healthy snacks or an easy-to-eat meal can help you keep your energy levels up and keep you focused throughout the day. Keep organic fruits and vegetables on hand for a quick snack, and make sandwiches with whole grain bread, lean proteins and fresh veggies to eat on the go.

Exercise

Regular exercise is key to keeping your energy up, and it’s also a major stress reducer. But don’t try to fit exercise into your day. It will almost never happen. Instead, schedule your workout just like an important business meeting or doctor’s appointment. Mark it in your calendar, and set a reminder on your phone if you need to.

Family time

Of course you take care of your family, that’s part of your never-ending to-do list. But how often do you take time to really enjoy each other? While it may seem unnatural to schedule family time, it’s the only way to keep other priorities from interfering.

Try designating one weekend day per month as family day. You don’t need to plan anything extravagant, as the most important aspect is giving each other your undivided attention. This means saving work, errands and housework for another day, but you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle it all after indulging in some much needed family time.

Friends and fun

Of course, you need a little time for friends and fun. Stop thinking you should call your closest friend to catch up. The chances are pretty good that they’ve been thinking the same thing, so just pick up the phone and call.

While you’re at it, make plans for lunch or a little shopping. Spending an afternoon talking, laughing and commiserating with a good friend is a great way to lift your spirits and will give you an extra boost to keep going.

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