"It is probably a pity that every citizen of each state cannot visit all the others, to see the differences, to learn what we have in common, and come back with a richer, fuller understanding of America- in all its beauty, in all it's dignity, in all its strength, in support of moral principles."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
We’re all busy. Between work, school, family, and friends
time just seems to get away with us. Our schedules fill up for the month ahead
without even the blink of an eye.
I will be the first person to recommend that everyone needs
a ‘me’ day. A day to do absolutely NOTHING and relax. Of course this can
include chores around the house and other things that will ease the tension of
a busy schedule for the days (or weeks, yikes!) ahead. But, for the most part
it’s essential to take a day where you lay around and watch Netflix, or read a
book, or go for a quiet hike.
But, what happens when days like this are absolutely few and
far between? When you work 40/50/60 hours a week and your nights are filled
with classes or social obligations and you squeeze as much into a weekend as
More often than not that’s each of our reality and it’s
draining! There are some days at work where I’m staring at the computer and my
eyes just glaze over in exhaustion. I know it’s because I always pack too much
into a week, but I have a hard time saying no to friends and I generally thrive
off of social situations.
In any given week I work 50-60 hours a week, attend 2-3
weekday happy hours or dinners, and overbook myself on the weekends for morning
plans with one friend and then evening plans with another. I do take a ‘me’ day
from time to time, but usually this is my speed and it goes from 0-100mph
BUT, I do have tricks that keep me energized and HEALTHY so
that being busy doesn’t take it’s toll on me.
Here are a few tricks I use to make sure I feel my best, work
my best, and perform my best:
I CANNOT harp on this point enough. Staying hydrated is
essential for health and wellness.
There is a rule that you should divide your body weight in
half and drink that much water (in ounces) every day. DO IT!
Drinking water increases metabolism, helps skin, helps
digestion, and overall makes your body feel it’s best (we are made primarily of
water, after all).
I have a Kate Spade Monogrammed cup that I keep at my desk
at all times for work. I also keep a Brita in our work fridge so I have no
excuse but to drink pure, cold, water.
2)Limit Your Caffeine Intake
This is a hard point for me to drive home. Throughout
undergrad and grad school I used to drink 3, maybe even 4 cups of coffee a day.
And don’t get me wrong… coffee is delicious.
But, if you are relying too much on coffee and concentrated
caffeine you will eventually experience a crash when the effects of the caffeine
I’ve switched over to one small cup of coffee while I’m
getting ready in the morning and then I keep green tea in my Yeti Tumbler to
drink throughout the day because of it’s low caffeine level and
***Note: the Yeti REALLY DOES WORK. I will make a cup of hot
tea at 7:30am when I get to work and by 3:00pm it is still hot! (usually I
drink it wayyyyy quicker, but I have made sure to put it to the test!).
3)Take Your Multivitamin
Even the most health conscious people on this planet miss
essential vitamins and nutrients through their general diet.
It’s so easy to skip meals, eat unhealthily, or eat too much
of the same thing over and over again.
BUT the easiest thing in the world is taking one pill or
gummy every morning to make sure you are getting every vitamin and mineral
I can tell if there’s a day that I forget to take it and I’ll
tell you, it’s not a feeling I enjoy. Our bodies are meant to thrive off of
essentials and that’s what happens when you give them to it: it thrives rather
than just functions.
4)Eat 3 Balanced Meals
EAT BREAKFAST. EAT LUNCH. EAT DINNER.
I will 100% admit that this is something I’m bad at. Some
people stress-eat and I well, stress-under-eat. If I don’t have time in the
morning I’ll run out the door without breakfast. If I get tied up in a meeting
I’ll forget lunch. If I have plans with friends for Happy Hour I’ll eat a few
chips and salsa and omit dinner.
But, do. not. do. that. Food fuels our bodies. As I said, it
gives us the nutrients we need every day. And, every time we eat throughout the
day it re-ignites the energy our body needs and sharpens our brains.
I’ve already posted about my favorite Apple Cinnamon
Overnight Oats. This is only one way to get an easy breakfast: grab a Kashibar, grab a piece of fruit, grab a smoothie, just grab something!
Make your lunches for the week ahead every Sunday night so
you can just grab them as you go. (Post to come on my favorite meal prep
Make dinners you enjoy. Invite a friend over to try the
recipe. Use your crockpot.
Just make sure you’re eating, and you’re eating as healthy
as you can to fuel your body!
5)Take 5 Minute Breaks
It’s as simple as that.
If you’re at work, get up from your desk for 5 minutes and
walk around (or at least stop staring at your computer screen).
If you’re out with friends, take a bathroom break and a deep
If you have back-to-back-to-back plans, stop at home in
between and just lay in quiet for 5 minutes.
‘Me’ time is essential… even if it’s only for 5 minutes.
6)Get 7-8 Hours of Sleep
I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. It’s
scientifically proven and can be found on any health/wellness/medical website
Young adult require 7-8 hours of sleep to perform at their
absolute best. So do it.
Are you a morning person? Go to bed early and wake up early.
A night owl? Adjust your work schedule to maybe arrive to
the office later in the morning and stay later in the evening because you work
better at that time.
Just, sleep okay? It’s so so so good for you!
These tips are all so basic, but SO important! They’re easy
to do, easy to incorporate, and will have you feeling a worlds better in all that
Whether, work, school, or even social setting you will have
more energy and excitement because your body will be fueled!