Your4 in the Busyness

This month we want to highlight the busyness of life, and how it's possible to manage a healthy life in and amongst all things that consume your time. It's officially the season of fall, and with that comes crazy schedules for you and those close to you. But don’t fret! With just a few simple steps like prepping meals at the start of each week, picking consistent bedtimes, and staying on top of your workouts, you can find relief and freedom to maintain a healthy lifestyle even during all the craziness. 

Meal Prepping:

One of the ways we promote a healthy mental state is by meal prepping to start your week. This exercise helps eliminate any last-minute meals that may not be the best for your body. At Your4, we want you to keep it simple. While building your meal, think in these three categories: Protein, carbs, and veggies. If you have these three things, you can mix and match to create your meal in various ways, and the easier it will be for you to avoid the quick fast food grab and keep a consistent diet. Meal prepping also allows you to portion your meal sizes, so your mind stays sharp and fresh from not overeating while running your kids all around town. 

Consistent Sleep Time:

We know this one may be a little more tricky as nights may fluctuate in a busy season, but having good sleep habits will help keep your mind clear. Every day, even on the weekends, keep your internal clock on the same page as your external one. Be mindful of your bedtime as you're planning out your week. By making slight changes in your schedule, you can improve your sleep dramatically. 

While being consistent with your sleep, also be aware of your screen time. Make an effort to put your phone down at least an hour before your head hits the pillow to give your eyes a break from the blue light that restrains melatonin, making it more challenging to fall asleep and wake up the following day. Especially in the busyness of life, it's essential to take care of our brains so we're feeling rejuvenated for the next day.

Workout patterns: 

While balancing your diet and sleep, getting exercise will help make those things easier to accomplish. It's easy to say you'll keep a consistent workout schedule while life gets busy, but what about when one kid has practice at 6:00 a.m.and another at 6:00 p.m. with work throughout the day.? It can seem near impossible to carve out time for yourself to make it to the gym, but to keep your body on the right track, especially mentally, a workout is essential. When you exercise, the same endorphins that keep you feeling better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp. So the next time you race in for a quick afternoon class, remember a happy body means a happy mind!

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