Prioritizing Yourself When Life Gets Busy

Posted on 07-Oct-2019 by Kripa Jalan

It’s the 21st century, saying we’re busy has become the new norm.

We constantly feel like we’re being slapped in the face by a never-ending to-do list. 

Don’t get me wrong - putting yourself first doesn’t mean you stop caring about others. It just means having the grounded realization that you matter. That when you start respecting your own wellbeing, you begin to command the same of others. It’s like putting on your own Oxygen mask on an airplane before putting on someone else's.

You need the energy to live, you need to be disease-free to live optimally, you need to be emotionally secure to extend care for others. What I mean to say is that your physical and mental wellbeing matters just as much, like those you so deeply care about.

Personally, when I’m on the go, I remind myself that I feel the added need to implement some simple self-care strategies to avoid feeling sick, overwhelmed, uninspired or ultimately burnt out. 

Here goes:

  1. The all or nothing approach does not work. You need to relax with yourself. If you don’t eat perfectly – forgive yourself and commit to eating well at the next meal. You still have other meals in the day that you can control.
  2. Starting your day with 1-2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar or adding it in your water bottle reduces sugar cravings and aids in digestion.
  3. Make sure you are eating enough at meals. Especially protein and good fats as they are our most satiating macronutrients – they keep blood sugar levels very stable. This will also help you avoid mindlessly snacking.
  4. Limit coffee to 1x a day, before noon if possible. Replace with herbal teas or green tea for your next few caffeine cravings.
  5. Diet drinks need to go! They cause you to crave more sugar and create toxic load within the body! Swap to sparkling water with lemon. 
  6. A healthy nighttime routine is essential. Make sure you switch off from technology at least one to two hours before you go to bed. Aim to sleep for 7-9 hours!
  7. Get more rest, stress less. Schedule rest it in. Say no to social arrangements when you need to. Your friends will understand. 
  8. Avoid over-exercising. It just places your body under more stress. Healthy living is not about doing everything perfectly, or exercising intensely every day – it’s about balance and moderation. Enjoy 2 rest or yoga days a week. 
  9. Commit to 2 hours of healthy prep on the weekend: stock your fridge and pantry with healthy food. Remember that if you have good food ready in your vicinity, either you or someone you love will consume it. The same goes for zero nutrition foods.
  10. Keep healthy snacks on hand for when you’re stuck with hunger: Nuts, Seeds, Cut Fresh Fruit, Veggies, Boiled Eggs, Protein Powder, etc. See our snacking guide!

Carve out that space for yourself, be it a few minutes of meditation, cooking yourself a meal, going for a long walk, making it for your health check-ups. Other people's needs will last a lifetime's worth of attention, and if you let them - they will.

Please remind yourself that you are your biggest commitment. 

Do you have any specific tricks that help you stay centered, mentally and physically? Share your tips and thoughts below or tag us on Instagram @kripajalan or #BurgersToBeasts.


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