Excusing your Excuses: Finding Time for Wellness

If health came in a bottle, it’d fly off the shelves quicker than the “must-have” toy at Christmas. But, unfortunately, wellness isn’t something we can purchase; it’s something we must earn. For you and me and every busy woman in the world, this is difficult: turns out, it takes time to cultivate health and time is precious – there’s never enough of it.

In fact, this is the main reason we avoid getting healthy. But, as the old song goes, time is on your side, as long as you know how to use it to your advantage.

So, consider some of the following tips:

1) Make wellness a priority: Yes, it’s easier said than done, but making wellness a priority leaves you wanting to do it. This doesn’t mean you need to live your life at the gym or at the local salad bar, but make it a focus of your day – in that way, think of it like coffee.

2) Work out in the morning: One of the reasons people who are busy fail to exercise is because the day gets away from them – they intend to go to the gym after work but they end up staying late, or they’re too tired, or their child decides to paint the kitchen with tomato ketchup. Working out in the morning helps you avoid excuses – so go for a walk or a run first thing and get it over with.

3) Make health convenient: When you’re strapped for time, it’s only natural to look for convenience: the fast food industry was built on this lure. So make health convenient – plan your meals ahead of time (even if this means prepping an entire week’s worth on Sunday night), fill your kitchen with good-for-you-food, and fit in exercise wherever you can – take the stairs instead of the lift and park far away from work or the train and walk that bit extra.

4) Involve your colleagues: Everyone can improve their health, even those already swimming in longevity genes and low-body fat. Asking your colleagues to join you in your quest for wellness is a fantastic way to keep you motivated. Request that they join you for a healthy lunch or a lunchtime stroll.

5) Get in a routine: Studies show that it takes around three weeks for the average person to make or break a new habit. So, stick with any new health routine you start. Give yourself twenty-one or so days before it becomes old hat. You don’t waver on whether or not you’ll brush your teeth each day (at least not hopefully), and getting in a routine allows you to engage in wellness with this kind of automatic response. You’ll no longer actively decide whether or not to work out or eat healthy; rather, you’ll make Nike proud and just do it!

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Hiya, I’m Karen, energy therapist and mind body expert for dynamic and ambitious women who are struggling with anxiety. I help them to get to the root cause of their anxiety so they can take back control other thoughts and be the calm and confident woman they want to be.
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