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9 Ways to Improve Your Health – Even When You’re Too Busy!

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9 Ways to Improve Your Health – Even When You’re Too Busy!

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How to Improve Your Healthy Today - Even if you are too busyThree years ago I was not in a good way.

 

I was tired, run down, overweight and everything was a struggle - starting with motivating myself to get out of bed!

 

My work was suffering too. I was not motivated, I found it hard to focus and I felt overwhelmed.

 

I was in a rut and I was not happy or healthy.

 

Supplements from the doctor did little to change my situation. Then a friend introduced me to a nine-day nutritional cleanse program that turned everything around. The results were truly astonishing!

 

Of course, you can’t transform yourself and achieve lasting change in just nine-days, but it gave me the energy and motivation I needed to get myself back on track. It jump-started my healthy habits and helped me start making some much-needed changes to my lifestyle.

 

With hindsight, I’ve realised that Health and Entrepreneurship go hand in hand. You can’t run a successful home-business at the expense of your health and wellness. Sooner or later, something will give and you’ll put both in jeopardy.

 

With this in mind, I'd like to share with you some of the small changes that have helped me refocus and achieve better health and balance - I hope they help you too.

 

9 Simple Ways You can Improve Your Health
...even when you're too busy!

 

Wake earlier

When I worked in an office, I used to get in an hour earlier than anyone else so I had some quite time to focus on the important things before all the fire-fighting began. I realised that I could do the same thing at home and start my day strong.

 

I started slowly, setting my alarm 15 minutes earlier and just taking some time to drink water and stretch before the kids woke up and chaos ensued. Now I wake up one hour earlier, do a 20-45 minute workout and watch a motivational video and start preparing for the day. It makes an incredible difference to the outcome of my day! I want to start incorporating meditation into this time too.

 

Sleep more

To get up earlier in the morning and have more stamina throughout the day, the simple solution is, of course, to sleep more. I was never very good at getting to sleep early, but now I set my alarm to remind me when it’s time for bed!

 

I also try and take one-two ‘Nana Naps’ a week. Taking 20-40 minutes to have a little snooze after lunch. At first, I felt very lazy doing this, but it really helps my productivity levels, so taking some time out actually helps me get more done!

 

Take time to be grateful

There is so much in life we can be grateful for, but we often focus on all the bad things that happen in our days. Since I’ve started to take time out in the mornings and evenings to think of 5 things I’m grateful for, I found I’ve been a lot happier about life in general and that a lot more good things are happening every day. It takes less than a couple of minutes every day, but it has made a big difference.

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Ditch the car

Whenever possible, I walk the kids to school in the morning. To make it harder for me to make excuses and drive, I offered to walk a neighbour’s kid too!

 

Getting out and having fresh air first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day and I notice the difference in my ability to focus afterwards. It’s also a really special time to spend chatting with the children about nature, the day ahead and all the other wonderfully random things that young children come out with.

 

Give the kids a role in the kitchen

The big bonus about starting eating healthier is that the whole family start to eat healthier! I’m concerned about the world my kids are going into. With more and more convenient eating choices out there, I want to help them gain first-hand knowledge of what healthy eating looks, feels and tastes like – so I involve them in the kitchen.

 

My girls help me choose our menus, make salads, cut and wash fruit and vegetables, put breadcrumbs on fresh fish and chicken, mix the ingredients in soups and one-pot dishes etc.

 

It’s a great way to spend time together and I’ve noticed that when they are involved, they eat a lot more of the healthy food on their plate afterwards too! They’ve also come up with some of their own recipes too! Not all have been successful, but toasting sunflower seeds in a pan with a drizzle of honey has been a big hit!

 

Get active during activities

Around four afternoons a week I take my kids to their various leisure activities. Previously, I’d wait around in the coffee shop and read a book. This was a nice time to relax, but now – then the weather is nice – I take a walk instead and listen to an audio book.

 

Book active dates instead of coffee dates

I used to feel guilty about taking time out of my busy day to meet friends for a coffee. But I now recognise that this is an important part of maintaining a healthy balance. But instead of meeting friends for a coffee, we go for a stroll along the lake or through the forest. We still get to chat as much, but now we also get in some bonus ‘steps’ into the day!

 

In the summer we’ll often do an early morning SUP session instead of a walk – if you haven’t tried paddle boarding yet, I can highly recommend it. It’s easy to pick up and a lot of fun.

 

Drink more water

When I’m busy and focused, I used to forget to drink enough water. Ideally, you need to aim to drink around 2 litres of water a day – the equivalent of 8 standard glasses of water, but I was having about 2!

I’ve been able to turn this around by drinking 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning, keeping a litre bottle of water on my desk at all times, always taking a bottle of water in my handbag when I leave the house and keeping water by my bed too.

 

In the winter months I find it harder to drink water, so instead I drink hot water with fresh lemon in the morning and I keep a flask of herbal tea on my desk. I like the Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea as it has a lovely subtle blend of flavours and one teabag is enough to fill my 1.5 litre flask, so one box lasts me a month.

 

Forgive your slip-ups

While I have incorporated all the above into my lifestyle – I am human and I do slip up. There are some days when I just can’t get up early enough to exercise, or when I forget to take water with me, or I really want to sit and have a coffee. And I’ve learned that this is fine. Getting healthy is a decision; it requires us to focus on choosing healthier options as much as we can. But it also has to be fun. And if we want that slice of cake occasionally, then why not!

 

So if you work for yourself, then you really need to take responsibility for keeping yourself healthy too!

 

It takes 21 days to build a new habit and everything is difficult before it’s easy – but when it comes to your health, it really is work making the effort.

 

And as you can see from the changes I’ve made, you really don’t need to do anything dramatic – just start making simple healthy swaps and before you know it, you’ll be fit, focused and highly successful : )

 

What changes will you make?

 

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  1. Lianne on May 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Lovely post! I’m about to start a cleanse too. I already cut out sugar and that alone makes a huge difference in my energy levels and irritability. I also have a filled waterbottle around wherever I go so I drink way more than when I used glasses. It’s the little things that make the most difference!

    • Melitta Campbell on July 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Lianne – and you’re right, it’s amazing how quickly the little things add up to a big difference – so we just need to keep focused on doing the right little things ; )

  2. Rhonda Swan on May 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Way to write an unstoppable post full of great tips. Cheers!

    • Melitta Campbell on July 3, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Rhonda!

  3. Tamara on July 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Excellent recommendations, Melitta!
    A year back I would have moaned and said “I know I am supposed to do all that, but I can’t.” Today I’m actually doing 5-6 of those tips. You didn’t even mention to lose the processed foods and soda which for me was a biggie. I guess it goes without saying for you because you “eat heatlhy food”
    🙂

    • Melitta Campbell on July 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Glad you found the post helpful! And you’re so right about the processed foods and soda – I used to edit a medical newsletter that looked into the latest nutrition research and it’s scary what fizzy drinks can do to your body – especially the ‘diet’ ones. I stopped drinking them about 6 years ago and I lost 2kgs in a month with no other changes. A good rule of thumb is to only avoid food products with more than 5 ingredients and never drink your calories.

  4. Dawan on July 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Really great tips! I really agree with all of them! Perhaps you shoulf mention about the eating habits to which I think it is a very important point to a healthier lifestyle. I try to always my friends for walkdate but we end up eating an icecream or a piece of cake afterwards😂 We always laught about it and laughing is very healthy!😂

    • Melitta Campbell on September 3, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Dawan, and yes it’s a good point about eating habits – you can’t out exercise a bad diet!

  5. Stephanie Skillman on July 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Good positive motivations you’ve made with your life, which will influence others also. If I lived closer to you I’d ask to join you on a walk.

    • Melitta Campbell on July 25, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      I’d love that Stephanie – maybe one day we’ll get the chance to walk together.

  6. Eli on October 15, 2017 at 6:20 am

    This design is spectacular! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    • Melitta Campbell on October 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Wow, thanks Eli, so glad you’re enjoying my blog. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  7. Donna Ford on December 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    This is great and just what I need to hear! All common sense but good to be reminded how important they are. Thanks!

    • Melitta Campbell on December 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Donna. You’re right, it’s all common sense but putting it into practice regularly isn’t always easy. I have created a free weekly email with quick motivation, tips, tools and recipes feel free to sign up ; )

  8. Emma on December 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    All brilliant advice! I try to do most of it but don’t always succeed – good reminder (especially in December) for practicing self care.

    • Melitta Campbell on December 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Emma. If you are good most of the time, you can forgive yourself the odd treat from time to time : )

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