So you woke up, went to work or school, jumped on the treadmill, hit some weights, did homework or helped your kids with their homework. Now, you have to do some networking to keep your website alive, you have to finish that paper that you cannot seem to perfect, you have to finish that project for a client and you are exhausted. I've been there, in fact, most nights are like that. When you are a go-getter your desires often surpass your physical and mental needs. While you will have to sacrifice to get what you want, I'm here to provide some tips on how to ensure you stay mentally, emotionally and physically healthy all while reaching your dreams.
1.) Exercise, exercise and more exercise.
If you read any of my previous posts, you know much I value exercise! Sure at first, exercise will make you more tired, but in the long run, you will feel more energized and ready to go than ever because you are fit. I understand you feel like exercise is wasting your time, but you buy yourself more time when you exercise. More time in life, and a stronger ability to pull those all-nighters when you need to.
2.) What you put in, is what you get out.
What do you like to eat when you want a quick bite? I'm assuming you're picking up fast food. Fast food full of grease, fried outer shells, and food that isn't even real food. Instead of pulling to up the drive-through, keep fruits and granola bars in your bag. The food that seems convenient can be threatening, so be careful!!
3.) Use your brain, don't strain yourself!
Go online and check out some of the fittest people in the world. These people understand that while eating healthy is important, it's also important to indulge in foods you like on occasion. Life is short, and for most people, completely starving oneself of ones favorite foods does not work. If it helps, create a schedule or guideline on paper that lines up what you should and will eat for the day. Also, there are plenty of apps like Lifesum, that can help you stay focused on eating the right foods for your body, while occasionally enjoying your favorite foods as well. It will take time, but again, will help you in the long term.
4.) Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more.
Okay, I am very guilty of not drinking enough water and so many of you guys have the same dilemma. So let's work on this together!! Follow my socials and I will be recording the water I drink throughout the day. Click here for my Twitter and here for my Instagram! Be sure to record yourself drinking water and put hashtag #waterwithjasmine, also be sure to tag me!
5.) The "S" word.
Get your mind out the gutter I am talking about sleep!! Yes, it is important to finish working and get what you need to get done, done. Yes, sometimes you will need to pull all-nighters and stack up on coffee. However, we are not machines and we cannot survive on no sleep! A lack of sleep can mess with your focus so you will not be able to work to the best of your ability. If you're driving, you pose a threat to the people on the road around you when you're lacking sleep. So do yourself a favor, check yourself, and make sure you are getting in nights with full eight hour sleeps.