That’s what “they” say. “It’s all about balance!”
Today we are talking about trying to live a healthy life. That’s me. TRYING to live a healthy life. How am I doing? Not great.
Maintaining healthy habits is especially hard now that I’m in the classroom, too. My stress levels are up, my sleep is down, my water intake is down, I don’t exercise much… you get the picture.
But, let’s talk about the healthy choices I DO make on a daily basis.
First, I do drink a lot of water and stay hydrated. It is harder during school because I can’t run to the bathroom whenever I want, but I drink a good amount of water (coffee or tea, too) and not so much soda, juice, etc.
I meal prep (most of the time). I try to plan ahead and buy groceries for what I plan to cook. I plan my breakfast (overnight oats or protein shake) and pack a salad with fruit or yogurt for lunch. And I usually plan proteins and veggies for dinner. I try to add boosters to my food, like cinnamon in my coffee or yogurt instead of cream, whenever possible.
My makeup is always removed and my face washed, with night cream before I go to bed. As I age (ahhh!), I am trying to make sure I take care of my skin. I buy myself better makeup (I use Bare Minerals) with SPF in it. I use a cleansing mask every so often. All of these are small victories in my book, especially when I have so much less time in the day to think about my own self care!
One area that is both good and bad is the sun. I like getting my daily dose of viatmin D! Unfortunately, sometimes I get too much and remembering sunscreen (other than my face, thanks makeup!) is not my specialty. I know, I need to be better, the dermatologist already reminded me.
So, where do I struggle?
While I try to eat clean and meal prep… I do not do well with snacks. I have a sweet tooth and I’m a sucker for sugar! I wish I wasn’t; I try to tell myself I don’t like certain foods. But, seriously, who doesn’t love ice cream? And who doesn’t feel better after they’ve had a bowl of ice cream? I tend to overeat sugar when I am bored or emotional- not a healthy habit! I have been a yo-yo dieter for years, and I feel like I am never not trying to lose weight. It’s exhausting.
I don’t like working out. I know it’s good for me, I know I will feel better after… but I don’t like it in the moment. I used to swim everyday which was great exercise and I enjoyed it. Now, I just don’t want a team like commitment. I know that exercise releases endorphins. I feel it, it just doesn’t always seem worth it. My mom told me once that her endorphins don’t come from the gym, they come from the library. I wish I enjoyed it more and made it more of a priority. I wish I liked to run. I just don’t, so I have to force myself to get up and get after it. Some days, I come home so exhausted that it just seems impossible. How do you other busy people get it done??
Lastly, I don’t usually get enough sleep. I want to go to bed early. Honestly, I do. I set alarms on my phone to drink tea, do yoga, get ready for bed… doesn’t mean I always do it. How much better would I feel if I were in bed before 10pm? Every night my goal is to start winding down around 9. But, I stay at school later than I plan, I might do more work at home, make dinner, take care of the dogs, clean up, maybe watch some TV, get ready for the next day and go to bed well after 11. The worst part? I don’t sleep well. My brain has a hard time turning off. I wake up and toss and turn all night, so I don’t get that super deep REM cycle. I know that a bit more sleep could be a game changer, I just don’t know how to get it.
Well, there you go. No one’s perfect, right?
I suppose it is about balance. As a new teacher, I feel like there is little balance in my life right now. My life is leaning heavy in the work direction which takes away from home, my relationship, my health. It’s unfortunate. The first step is to recognize that you have a problem. Check. The second step? Do something about it. Not a check yet.
Any ideas? I’ll take ’em! Give up the goods in the comments below.