I am sure many of you have thought about this during this time. Taking action and making healthy changes allows you to cultivate a healthy lifestyle. You are stuck home for the greater good of humanity right now. You need to find a way to stay motivated and healthy during all this. Let me tell you: it is not the easiest. So if you keep trying and feel like you are failing, you are not. It is pretty impressive that you are even trying to cultivate a healthy lifestyle during this time. Many choose not to and many just do not have the motivation. Others are just so busy and overwhelmed, it’s difficult to even think about. So if you are in the category of trying, you are already headed in the right direction.
Starting back when it all began…
Now when quarantine first started, I was enjoying getting into this new routine where I was at home. Sweatpants on all day even during work meetings. My hair looking like my bed hair all day. No make up. Just me on a lazy Sunday, except it has become 7 days a week. This was fun for the first little bit. Until I realized that I became more tired quickly, was not feeling too good about myself and just did not have the same confidence as I did before.
When you had to go into the office every day, you were forced to get up, get dressed, look presentable and you were definitely more awake after doing that. Fast forward to now, you can wake up 15 minutes before your first meeting. TMI: I have even woke up 2 minutes before my morning meeting multiple times. There is nothing refreshing about starting your day by opening up your eyes and instantly jumping into a meeting with your team. I became drained and felt pretty bad about myself.
I decided it was time to think about how I can positively change myself.
After many of these lazy days and I am talking 70% of the last 365 days of this. I realized this needs to stop and I need to get up, start my day before my first meeting, have my coffee brewed and feel better about myself. I began to get up early enough to make my bed, brush my teeth, do my skincare routine, change and look presentable. Even made sure I have enough time to take my dog on her morning quick walk. Cherry on top: my coffee is now in my hand before my morning meeting. Even after one day of doing this, I instantly felt better about myself. My day was a lot more productive and I was not so tired/lazy all day.
The most successful people in this world do not sleep in. Do you strive to be successful? Or do you want to be mediocre? I thirst for success and following what successful, powerful people like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, the Kardashians (yes I said it, they are successful and have a great work ethic that goes unnoticed), etc. do to get their success. You can not get nothing done with a shorter day. Realistically, once 5/6pm hit, you want to make dinner and relax so the best time to work your hardest is the morning. Getting up earlier and starting your day really does help boost your energy and productivity levels up.
Working out got more difficult during this pandemic.
Gyms are closed and you are forced to workout at home. Realistically, you will try to find every excuse in the book to not work out. I am so guilty of this and ashamed of myself for it. I used to make sure I would go to the condo gym or a public gym almost daily before the pandemic. It made me feel good about myself. However, I find it incredibly difficult to get into a good workout routine at home. Unfortunately, you can not accept this as your fate. It is so important to find a good balance for yourself where you do feel motivated to work out even a couple times a week. In order to cultivate a healthy lifestyle, you need to be doing things that make you a healthier person. When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you are naturally in a healthier position in your life.
Health & Wellness companies are making it so much easier to find a workout routine from your home whether you have some gym equipment or you have none at all. I personally have always enjoyed cycling and yoga. Currently in the midst of getting my own exercise bike so I can keep up with that old pre-pandemic hobby at home. I have a yoga mat already to keep up with regular yoga sessions. Even doing yoga for 20 minutes in the day has really helped me feel good. I do have some other equipment to do some strength training as well. My personal goal is to work out 45 minutes – 1 hour per day 5-6 days a week in 2021.
Write down your goals, write down your schedule.
I can not stress how important it is to have an organized agenda. Whether it be a physical agenda, a digital one on your emails calendar or on your phone. There are so many applications on your phone to keep yourself organized. I personally have a physical agenda and a whiteboard beside my computer desk. Writing down my goals for the week, month and year has really helped me hold myself accountable. Even just writing down the things I need to get done this week by scheduling them into my calendar has helped. I even schedule in when I will go grocery shopping. You might think – I would rather go grocery shopping when I have a moment during the week. But holding yourself accountable to go grab your groceries on a certain day at a certain time per week really does help stay organized!
On my whiteboard, I like to write my to do list. This could be following up on an order I made to painting a new art piece. This is where I like to keep my daily tasks and things that are more urgent. Since my whiteboard is right next to my desk, I am forced to stare at it all day to prevent me from forgetting to do anything on there. It keeps me in check. Now you can choose to make your whiteboard on your computer or an app, or simply have post it notes stuck on your monitor. Whatever way you choose works for you, just make sure to be writing it all down to hold yourself accountable!
There are a plethora of other ways to keep up with good habits…
This could be waking up at 5am for some, shutting down your phone 1 hour before bedtime, eating more green, etc. Everyone has a different definition of a healthy lifestyle. These examples are just my own that I have been focusing on. I hope they made you question your current habits and make you feel motivated to cultivate a healthier lifestyle!
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