If your 2020 goals include improving the quality of your life while maintaining your active schedule, you’re not alone! Balancing competing priorities is as much an art form as a skillset, especially considering how many recreation, education, and volunteer opportunities we enjoy in the Kootenays. Making time for health, family, and personal development is a great resolution for 2020, especially when you create SMART goals!
Here are some ideas for how you can create more balance in your life in the new year.
Make planning a part of your plan
Planning takes time… time you might not feel you have. A small amount of time dedicated to organizing and prioritizing your day increases your likelihood of completing tasks, creates a sense of accomplishment, and encourages you to give time to the things that matter most. When writing your list, consider whether each item is important or urgent. Important things have high value to your life (like spending time with friends and family or doing your taxes) while urgent things need to be completed soon. Focus your time on the things that are both urgent and important, and consider whether the urgent things are important enough to do at all.
We suggest that quality meals are both important and urgent! Eating good food has a direct impact on your health and well-being, which is necessary for you to make the most out of every other thing you’re doing. Consider these suggestions around meals:
- Make time for meals with others – social eating is good for you!
- Plan your meals for the week and shop accordingly – avoiding impulse buys saves money and might help you avoid the temptation of unhealthy snack foods.
- Set aside some time every once in a while to make and freeze meals for later when you’re in a time crunch.
Practice compassion with yourself
We get thousands of marketing messages every day, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy and frustration. Don’t let the idea of the “perfect you” get in the way of the “slightly better” you. While it’s best for health and planet to always cook with organic unprocessed foods, sometimes that doesn’t fit into your life. Give yourself permission to consider other options – a takeout meal or a jar of soup from the Co-op might give you a few extra minutes for something else without sacrificing your well-being with unhealthy food choices.
Make a commitment to your wellness time
Stress and business can take a huge toll on your mental and physical health. Exercise, meditation, and creativity are important ways to relieve stress and promote well-being. They help reduce impulsive eating, sleeplessness, and mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Read more about mood support. Making time for these luxurious-seeming necessities can be hard, so we recommend committing to a schedule, and consider including another person in your plan. If you’re like most people, you’re more likely to bail on your commitment to yourself than your commitment to a friend or partner.
For more pointers on how to live a healthier, happier life in 2020, read the blogs below!