5 Ways to Find More Time for Your Health

Happy New Year! It’s back to routine this week for me after a much needed break. It’s also a time for reflection and making goals for the year. We have this notion that New Year’s resolutions have to start on January 1st. I don’t know about you, but rarely do I have time to sit down in December and reflect on my business, health, or life in general and make some reasonable resolutions. But in January, things tend to calm down and it’s certainly not too late.


I wanted to share one resolution that is on my list and how I’m going to tackle it: I resolve to not get so busy that I don’t have time to reflect on my business, health and life! In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons Western society has so many health issues is that we are TOO BUSY. We thrive on being busy. It feeds the ego. We love being able to tell people how busy our kids are, how busy we are. It means our kids are smart, athletic, and social. It means we have thriving businesses, successful jobs, many friends. Or does it?

Being too busy means we don’t have time to cook healthy meals or to sit down and enjoy a meal with our family, to get out in the snow for some exercise or to stay indoors and meditate, to develop ourselves personally or just plain relax and get 8 hours of sleep. When we are too busy, we are in a constant state of stress. Stress raises the hormone cortisol, which throws off our blood sugar balance. And blood sugar imbalances throws off everything else – hormonal balance, weight maintenance, detoxification processes, digestion. I can tell you how to balance all of these systems through nutrition, but unless you free up time for yourself, you either won’t have time to incorporate it into your schedule or you’ll just be nullifying their effects by causing yourself more stress. So, I have decided that, this year, I am going to make time for myself. Here are my ideas. Feel free to beg, borrow or steal.

  1. Spend a half hour each week planning meals. I plan meals for other people for a living, but fail to do my own planning. Every week, I aim to do one big grocery shop and at least once a week, I forget something and spend a half hour running out to the grocery store. Here’s a link to an article I’m using to help me plan my meals and it’s going to save me those half hour midweek trips to the store: http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2013/02/10-tips-for-better-meal-planning.html
  2. Double up on recipes. I have had this notion that I need to make dinner every night but my husband is quite happy to eat the same thing two nights in a row. I’m doubling my recipes so I only need to make dinner every other night. It will save me a bunch of time in the kitchen making dinner and cleaning it up.
  3. Make a meal for the freezer on Sundays. It’s the season for comfort foods like chili or meatloaf and it takes only a little extra time to make an extra batch and put it in the freezer to save a lot of time on another day. Watch my blog next week for a freezer-friendly meal.
  4. Waste less time on social media. Did you know that Canadian individuals spend an average of 2 hours 19 minutes on social networks each day?  Most of what I read on social media outlets (with some exceptions) does not improve my knowledge or education, it’s not valuable news or even good entertainment. Even 10 minutes less time on social media leaves me 10 minutes free time to stretch or meditate.
  5. Organize my home. I can’t tell you how much time I waste looking for things, moving stuff around, and picking up stuff to clean under it. I’m going to get rid of some “stuff” and get my house organized. I signed up for this challenge and so far I have clean kitchen counters to work on. Using small weekly steps, my home will be organized by the end of 2015: http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/organized-home.html

None of these ideas is earth-shattering and each, on its own, may not yield a huge time saving but it’s the small steps each day that make a difference. And after trying these things for the last few days, I can already notice some extra time in my schedule. I encourage you to do the same this year – stop being so busy and make time for you and your health.

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