It’s a new school year. For most of us it’s a busy time – getting used to a new routine. Summer hours and flexibility are over.
If you’re a teacher you’re busy getting to know your new students and lesson planning. If you’re a parent, you’re busy trying to organize the family schedule and chauffeuring. If you’re a student you’re juggling school, assignments, jobs and various other activities. If you’re a performer, concert season is starting, so you'll be learning music, attending rehearsals and travelling.
Some of you might even be all of the above!
Sometimes in all this hectic scheduling we really do forget about making TIME for our SELF-CARE. This should be a non-negotiable part of your schedule. You will function better and end up more productive. You will be able to show up and be there for the people that matter in your life and for all the responsibilities you have.
On an airplane you are always instructed, in case of emergency, to place the oxygen mask on YOURSELF FIRST before helping others! This analogy is perhaps overused, but it’s true. You won’t be any good to anyone if you are ill, low in energy or full of brain fog. And your voice won’t be there for you either!
What does self-care entail – NUTRITION, EXERCISE and SLEEP.
Don’t have time for healthy meals or snacks?
Really that’s just an excuse. With just a little planning you can have healthy meals to keep you going:
1. Plan a menu for the week. Time saving recipes can include make ahead casseroles, slow cooker meals, and quick recipes – many HEALTHY MEALS can be made in 10 MINUTES OR LESS (less time than going to even a fast food restaurant). Save time by planning to make enough for leftovers for lunches or another dinner. Don’t forget about planning snacks.
2. Meal preparation for the week. Find a couple of hours in which to prepare a bunch of meals for the week. Make casseroles, cook grains like rice or quinoa, prep slow cooker meals, prep fruits and veggies, make energy bars.
3. Keep snacks in your bag like dried fruits and nuts. Or your homemade energy bars. Emergency snacks are great to have when your schedule goes awry. An unscheduled meeting and then a rehearsal to run to with no time to stop at home for a meal can leave you sapped of energy. If you must grab a bite somewhere, instead of going to a fast food joint, run into a grocery store and grab some fruit or a ready-to-go salad. There are healthy choices!
4. Drink a smoothie on the go. Most people just aren’t getting their fill of veggies (we should be having about 5 servings of veggies a day – minimum!). These shakes can be a great way to get them in.
5. Don’t skip meals. You need to keep up your energy for your hectic schedule. When you skip a meal, first of all it can affect your mood, energy level and attentiveness. Secondly, you are more likely to make poor food choices when you are feeling that gnawing hunger. I’ve been known to look at a fridge full of healthy options and still grab a bag of chips, just because I let my cravings overtake my sense.
No time to exercise?
Again it’s really more of an excuse and you just need to re-adjust your mindset.
You don’t need to go to a gym and can incorporate a lot of movement into your day. If you're looking to build strength or lose weight you only need 30 minutes a day to get great results.
Don’t have time to sleep?
Yes you do.
If you get your sleep (7-9 hours), you will be able to do more in the day than if you only slept 5 hours. No kidding! SLEEP!!!! I'm not talking about the occasional late night.
If you are consistently not getting enough sleep and/or suffer insomnia then there's a problem that can have far reaching consequences. It's important to learn strategies to get you sleeping better.
Your long-term health depends on it!
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