We all want to be healthier, but sometimes the working week leaves us too tired to workout and too stressed to sleep. Change is hard, but luckily all you need to do is make a few small (small-ish) changes to your lifestyle, to help you to become a healthier and happier version of you.
It always amazes me how many people skip breakfast due to ‘time constraints’. The solution is simple…wake up earlier! I love to sit down and enjoy my breakfast as I watch Sky Sports News, so I usually wake up 20-30 minutes earlier to make sure that I have time for breakfast.
Opening your eyes 10 minutes earlier, to give your body the fuel it needs to power through the day, will do you the world of good. It will stop you from reaching for the sugary pastries that you see on your way to work, and you won’t feel the need to binge throughout the day to fill the hole in your stomach.
If you can’t find the time to have breakfast in the morning, try preparing it the night before. Overnight oats, boiled eggs and smoked salmon can all be made the night before and consumed within minutes.
You know that lunch break that you are entailed to… take it! Instead of eating your lunch at your desk and typing with food on your fingers, go for a walk or participate in a lunchtime exercise class. My colleagues and I recently did a Yoga session in the park and we were able take advantage of the sunshine as we stretched our muscles in the warm weather. If your job requires very little physical activity, go for a walk a few times a day to help improve your circulation and raise your heart rate.
Exercising at lunch will help you to feel energised and it will also spark a bit of productivity. And, if your boss asks you where you have been, direct them here https://www.gov.uk/rest-breaks-work/overview
Water is a natural headache remedy, relieves fatigue and increases concentration levels…its the perfect afternoon pick me up! The benefits of drinking water are almost endless and your body depends on it. Keep a jug of water by your desk and make it your mission to finish it by the end of the day.
The late night Nexflix binging sessions have got to stop! Games of Throne’s isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so stop behaving like a naughty child who sees sleep as their arch enemy! Treat yourself to a good night’s sleep, your body deserves it. Sleeping more will help you to stress less, lose weight and look younger.
If you feel like all you do during the week is work, eat, sleep and repeat… it’s time for you to do more.
You probably work more hours than you are contracted to, so leave work early every once in a while to catch up with friends and fill your heart with laughter. The days are getting longer which means that we can squeeze more into our days. Do more of what makes you happy, because happiness is an essential part of being healthy.