So many of us end up neglecting our health to some degree because we don’t have the time to do all of the things we know we should, or at least, that’s what we claim! The fact is that there is nothing that is more important than our health and if you really want to take good care of your health, you can make the time to do so.
It doesn’t matter how hectic your schedule is or how many balls you have to juggle, you can and should make time for your health, and here are some simple ways you can do just that:
Make it a Priority
Before you do anything else, you need to resolve yourself to making your health a priority. If it isn’t that high on your list of priorities, then it doesn’t matter what else you do, it will always end up coming second best to other things, so set your mind to giving more of your schedule over to health right now.
Draw Up a Schedule
Next, sit down and actually draw up a schedule for taking better care of your health. Identify times when you can exercise, cook healthy meals, meditate or simply put your feet up and have some me time.If they’re built into your schedule, then you have the time, and you are much less likely to blow healthy activities off for ‘more important’ tasks or unhealthy indulgences (which are fine in moderation).
Prep Your Meals
One of the best ways to make more time for your health is by preparing healthy meals in advance. By scheduling a few hours, say at the weekend, to batch cook enough healthy meals to get you through the week, you don’t have to worry about finding the time to cook for yourself each day, and you end up eating more nutritious meals as a result.
Set the Alarm for Five Minutes Earlier
No five minutes, won’t free up much time for your health (although five minutes of meditation can be surprisingly refreshing) but the aim is to increase that number over time. Tomorrow wake up five minutes earlier, the next day make it six and keep going until you can rise an hour or earlier. Use this extra time to exercise, meditate, implement a better skincare routine, cook a healthy meal or whatever it is that you think will improve your health the most.
Make Use of the Internet
The internet can be bad for us in many ways (see below), but it can also be an excellent tool for boosting one’s health in an efficient way. For example, you can request your contraceptive pill online, you can speak to a qualified GP about your health issues via your smartphone or computer, and you can use sites like MyFitnessPal to quickly calculate the number of calories in the meals you cook. All of these things will help you to manage your health in less time than would have been possible in the past.
That being said, the more time that you spend online or aimlessly scrolling through your phone, the less time you spend exercising, creating healthy meals or speaking to your loved ones in person (something which is very good for mental health. You may also develop ’addictions’ to social media, online gaming, and other trivial internet-based pursuits. So if you want to make more time for your health, resolve to limit your screen time to no more than an hour a day (not including work).
Get 7-9 Hours Sleep
If that’s more than you usually sleep, then you might be wondering how this will help you to make more time for your health, Well, actually getting more sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health, so getting more of it will help to prevent all kinds of things from weight gain to stress and depression. Also, since you won’t feel quite as fatigued as you usually do throughout the day, you’ll be more productive after a good night’s sleep, which means that you’ll be able to fit more healthy habits into your day.
Try a Meal Delivery Service
If you really are struggling to find the time to get healthy, then you could go for the ultimate health/time hack and opt to get your meals from a healthy meal delivery service instead. That way, you will not have to do any prep or clean up whatsoever, while being guaranteed a healthy dinner every day. It’s not the cheapest option, but if you have the money to spare, it is a great way to feed yourself healthfully.
High-intensity interval training is a boon to those of you who are time poor but want to maintain a fit and healthy body. Why is it such a boon? Quite simply because you can get fit using HIIT protocols in as little as six minutes of exercise three or four times a week. There are lots of different HIIT routines, so find the one that’s best for you and give it a go.
Say No More Often
If you are a real people-pleaser, perhaps one of the biggest reasons why you don’t seem to have enough time for your own health is because you’re always saying yes to every request, even when it’s something you really don’t want to do. If that’s the case, it’s really easy to make more time for your health; just practice being more assertive.
When someone asks you to do something, think about whether you really want to do it what you’ll have to give up to do it and if it will benefit your health or not. If after evaluating, you don’t want to do it, just say no – you need to put yourself first.
As you can see, although it isn’t always easy to make more time for your health, there are lots of things you can do to fit in healthier habits throughout the week. It’s just a matter of being determined to do so and looking at your life critically to see what needs to be changed.