Life can be hectic sometimes. And while it’s great to be busy and have fun, we all need a little down time and to take care of ourselves. Business can be good, but too much can be stressful, especially for an introvert like me who needs down time to relax. So today I’m sharing with you my favourite ways to take care of myself when life gets particularly busy.
When I first heard of mindfulness, I thought it was something a bit hippy-ish that I wasn’t interested in. But it didn’t take me too long to realise that mindfulness wasn’t necessarily about sitting for hours in meditational poses. Mindfulness is really just a way to stop all those thoughts and stresses from taking over and helps you to unwind, relax and be in the moment. And science proves it works. I started using the free app Smiling Mind to help me get into mindfulness, but now when I’m feeling stressed I can just simply practice breathing deeply, letting go of stress and being in the moment. Other ways of mindfulness include colouring (and there are many mindfulness colouring books available now), and I actually find running to be quite a ‘mindful’ activity too.
Take a break
It sounds a little counter productive, but for me when I’m really busy, the best thing I can do is take a few days out to unwind. It helps me relax and refocus. A couple of years ago, my husband and a couple of friends took 3 days off about two weeks before Christmas and it was the best holiday ever! Good accommodation was easy to find, we had the beach almost to ourselves, and it was really peaceful. This year I’m doing the same thing with my bestie, except instead of a road trip, I’m flying.
To get a great priced flight, I’m using Jetstar Price Radar. It’s a saviour when you want the best deal, but you don’t want to have to keep checking back all the time. Price Radar does it for you! You search for your flights, then simply hit “activate price radar”. You’ll then get email updates when flights hit your ideal price. I chose to look at a range of dates, as I’m not too worried when I go away, I just want a great priced flight that will give me a relaxing time away (and more money to spend when I’m away!!). We’re planning on heading to Christchurch for a few days of relaxation, and a little bit of exploring. I can’t wait! If anyone has any recommendations for good places to eat, or must see places, let me know in the comments below.
Prep, prep, prep
To keep in a good healthy eating routine when you’re busy, preparation is key. I like to make sure I have quick, easy things to grab when I’m in a hurry. Here’s some of the things I buy and make:
When I make dinner, I’ll often make a big salad or coleslaw so there is enough for a couple of days. I then use this as a base for my lunch the next day.
*Sunrice Brown rice and quinoa cups
I normally cook my own rice, but these are great if you’re in a hurry and I have them on hand just in case. Just microwave for 60 seconds and it’s done. I’ve been mixing this through left over salad from dinner with boiled eggs and a little feta cheese for a tasty, healthy lunch on busy days.
* Tinned chickpeas
A good source of slow release carbohydrate, protein and carbohydrates, these are a nice addition to salads. I drain a tin, rinse well, pat dry in a tea towel then pan fry with Moroccan or Cajun seasoning until crispy. It takes less than 5 minutes but adds lots of taste and texture to your meal.
* Bags of nuts + fruit
I like to keep a bag of nuts in drawer at work so if I’m hungry there’s a healthy snack on hand. I also keep a little bowl of fruit on my desk at work for the same reason. One sweet snack and one savoury snack so I’ve got my bases covered!
*Boiled eggs, avocado and tomato + toast
If I’m in a hurry, I’ll chuck a couple of eggs on to boil while I get ready, then grab an avocado, a couple of tomatoes and some Vogels toast and that’s lunch sorted! You can pre-boil eggs and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days too.
Find time to stay active
When you’re busy sometimes exercise is the last thing you feel like doing. While you may not be able to fit in what you have done before, even a shorter workout is still valuable in terms of wellbeing. For me, exercise is the perfect way to unwind and de-stress. I’ve been running or taking a cross fit class in my lunch break, and if I need to, I’ll just stay at work a little longer to finish what I need to get done. I always feel great for the afternoon when I’ve exercised at lunch time. It invigorates me and helps me focus, so it’s worth the time it takes. I don’t always get as much exercise in when I’m busy but I make sure I still get some. Find a way that you can stay active, whether it’s getting out at lunch time, or swapping a drinks catch up with a buddy for an exercise class. You’ll feel better for it.
Do you have any good tips for staying well when life is hectic? And any tips of good food places or things to do while in Christchurch?
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