It’s no surprise in this day and age that we struggle to make time for ourselves. We are always so preoccupied with work and running a family that we rarely have the time (or make the time) to take care of our priorities. And when I say priorities, I mean our health first and foremost. Being healthy sets you up to be a better person in all aspects of your life, and this includes being a better parent for your kids. And the key to making time is taking small steps!
So what’s so powerful about starting small?
Since we are so rushed for time, starting small is often a good way to get things done. Let me explain: people are always conscious of how much time they have for other people, but never carve out some time in their day for themselves. Start small by making a conscious effort to set aside some time for yourself. This could be 20 minutes to an hour. If you don’t have 20 minutes, start at 10. Don’t have 10 minutes in your day? That’s okay, start at 5.
Whatever the number is, pick one and stick to it for at least two weeks. After this two-week period, step up the game a little and add a few minutes on to your starting time. Keep with it for another two weeks, then rinse and repeat until you are at your desired range. The concept of starting small is to get the snowball rolling and gain momentum. Once you come to the realization and think, “Hey, this isn’t so bad,” you will be unstoppable. Starting small will work wonders in every aspect of your life.
Sheesh, now what do you do with all that spare time?
Here are 7 valuable health practices, which I’m sure will get you on track:
With your allocated time, do some yoga. This is a great daily practice to start because you will not only benefit physically from yoga, but from a mental aspect as well. Some forms of yoga incorporate mindfulness meditation which is an added bonus and a natural stress cure.
Following on from yoga, meditation is a perfect way to reconnect with yourself. You can start practicing meditation daily or even a couple times a week. Meditation doesn’t require a huge amount of time. If you can only do five minutes of meditation, go for it! Some is better than none.
Going for a walk outside in the sunshine will leave you feeling extremely revitalized and help you meet your daily intake of the crucial anti-inflammatory, vitamin D. If you don’t have time for a walk, simply find a nice grassy spot where you can sit in the sun with your shoes off. Having your shoes off means that you are earthed, and earthing is extremely beneficial for detoxing.
4. High Intensity Interval Training
HIIT is an awesome way of staying on top of your health. Tabata training (a form of HIIT) uses only 4 minutes of time. 20 seconds at 80-90% of your capacity and 10 seconds resting period. Do this continually until you hit the 4-minute mark.
Here is a fantastic daily practice that everyone should incorporate into his or her day. Detoxification doesn’t need to be making fresh green juices every morning. It can be something as simple as fresh lemon juice in some warm water placed in a mason jar. Lemon juice literally flushes out your liver of nasty toxins which have built up while you were sleeping.
Take some time to journal. Write down what you are grateful for or write down things that have been worrying you lately. When you write down your gratitude, you come to the realization of how blessed you truly are. Writing down your worries will give you peace of mind; it’s like dumping your grievances on the paper and throwing your worries out.
7. Increase Your Knowledge
Grab a book. Pick a topic that is relevant in your life now and where you think you will benefit the most from improving your knowledge. This could be managing your family’s finances, learning how to speak in public, how to start a blog, how to manage people, or how to make green smoothies. The topics are potentially endless!
Well, those are small rituals that anyone can incorporate into their day. Find some time, even if it’s a very small amount of time. I have known people to meditate for 1 minute because they were so busy. From this small step, it is natural to progress to a longer chunk of time.
I’m sure you can find a measly few minutes in the day for yourself. Go on, give it a go! You owe it to yourself.
If you enjoyed this post please feel free to check out more of my health and wellness articles at www.EatLiveLife.com. And remember, start small then aim big!
Merwin Davies is the founder of Eat Live Life – a site where he draws on his experience in overcoming adversities with his own health. Eat Live Life aims to create a healthier and happier world. Merwin is a dedicated nutrition researcher, wellness advocate, writer, student, meditation practitioner and wannabe Yogi.