It is still November thankfully, but with Christmas just around the corner, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the number of things you need to do at this time of year. So much so that health can seem to be a lesser priority. Food preparation needs to be quick and easy, and there may not be much time for relaxation and exercise. So what can you do to keep your healthy intentions on track?
- Make some goals for your health
Once you have decided you want to improve your health, energy, or lose weight the next stage is to make some goals. These may be short-term goals such as exercising twice per week, cooking a nice meal twice per week, or long-term goals such as dropping a dress size or being able to run up the stairs without feeling out of breath. Whatever your goals, it is important to give them a timescale (such as in one week, or in three months) and make them measurable (such as exercise for 45 minutes twice per week) so that you know when you have reached them.
Plan when you are going to do the work required to meet your goals, so each week, make some time to plan your exercise, plan your meals and your shopping list, plan your week so you have the time to cook your meals.
3. Record and reward yourself
Then mark on your calendar when you have met your goal (you may want to give yourself a gold star) and give yourself a monthly reward, such as a trip to the cinema. It is important to keep track of your progress, in any way you like, so that you can see you are making progress.
4. Make some time to eat
You may be rushing around for most of the day so breakfast and lunch could be a hurried affair, but in the evening, you may have a bit more time to slow down and relax and food can be a part of that. So twice a week, or more, depending on your schedule, plan an easy meal and take time to cook it and eat it (at a table). Make it a ritual: have a nice space to eat, use a table decoration or table cloth, have some relaxing music on and take your time to eat it. Really notice what you are eating.
5. If you don’t achieve your goal one week, go back to it the next week, instead of giving up.
Persist with your goals and allow for times when you give up, or don’t make the time to meet them. If you miss meeting your goals one week, start again on them the next week. If you really are struggling to meet your goal every week, review whether it is something you really want to do or the end goal is something you really want. If you are not motivated to do it, you will not find the time.
I hope these tips are useful to help you create some space, time and good health during the party season. Let me know which you have tried and what success you have had.