OK, let’s get real for a second. When the New Year’s Eve ball drops we all think to ourselves this is it; this is the year it is all going to happen. I’m going to lose that weight, get that promotion and finally clean out that closet!
Back to reality, it lasts about a week or month (if you’re really good) and then you fall right back into your old habits and ways. Now fast forward to the present: Lent. We do it all again. We give something up and tell ourselves I will NOT eat junk food or I will NOT procrastinate. Once again, reality and life hits us like a bad hangover. You’re tired, hungry, aggravated and stressed out! I am here to tell you that you don’t have to stop being you and give up all your hopes and desires and uh, those delicious cravings! We all have cravings, stop beating yourself up over them. It is OK to be imperfect and to have that lazy day on the couch binging on Netflix when you should be at the gym or running errands (let’s just limit how often it happens… and wash that shirt that you can’t seem to take off). It is even OK to allow yourself those oh so yummy chocolate candies that you hide in your desk at work (don’t worry your secret is safe with me).
When it comes to keeping yourself on track and relaxed, it really all comes down to being one step ahead of yourself. Ask yourself the simple question, what might happen today? Here are some tips on how to keep yourself on track and healthy without going through the hangover of life:
Plan ahead for what you hate doing most.
One thing that I know is that I hate making decisions about my outfit. It doesn’t matter if its before a date or before working a crazy day. I just want to wave my magic wand and look exactly how I want without even knowing that is what I wanted. Well, since I have yet to obtain my powers or find my fairy godmother, I pick my outfit out the night before. If you’re saying, “Jax, I don’t have time every night!” Worry not. Organizing your closet into a few ready-to-go looks; make those crazy nights into easier mornings.
Have a morning routine.
Starting your day off with a smile and a routine gives your body a sense of home (even when you’re not home). Whether away on vacation or in your own house, have a set of favorites or order to your morning. From the way you get ready to your cup of coffee to checking the news or even calling your mom. By starting your day the way you want and having a routine that is familiar, you lower your stress levels and boost your productivity. So, get up and make your morning yours!
I think your boss might have some questions for you when he or she hears the loud growls of a starving demon trying to escape from your stomach. Not only can the foods you put in your body affect you, the foods you don’t can do the same. Keep a few easy grab-and-go foods in your bag, car or desk to keep you going. When you get home, all you want to do is hit the bed. Meal prepping gives you home-cooked meals at the press of a microwave and gets your face one step closer to that pillow.
Take Time For Yourself.
It’s like the airlines say, put your mask on before helping the child or adult next to you. Whether it’s 10 minutes or 3 hours it is key to make time for you. You are no help to anyone if you don’t first help yourself. There is an unlimited list of things you can do! So put it down in your calendar and do it! From a nap to a run, there is no wrong time to have a date with yourself.
Keep it organized.
Clean out and simplify your life, body and house. Keep what you love and display it! Get rid of what you don’t love and donate it! Surround yourself with things that make you smile and people who love you. Organizing your life will allow you to have more time for the people who deserve you. Organizing your house will give you peace of mind and let you see that bread maker you’ve had in the corner for three years, revealing a hidden talent and maybe your next big break! Finally, limit more work by taking the extra step to the dishwasher instead of the sink… and it takes just as much energy to throw your dirty clothes on the floor as it does to put it in your hamper. Take the extra minute now and save yourself an hour later.