Up until about this time last year, I was constantly running on fumes. After high school, I went directly to college, started my dietetic internship, and then finished grad school all in a span of about 6 years. I certainly didn’t have any time to spare for “healthy habits.”
Between homework, tests, work, and research projects, it felt like I was stretched pretty thin at all times. But surprisingly, that was okay because I was so used to it.
Then, in May when I graduated, everything pretty much stopped.
I went to work and I came home. And I had time to breathe, to think, to do whatever I wanted to do without having to think about what was next on my agenda or which deadlines were approaching. I finally had time for myself.
And so I shifted my focus to start doing things that were good for me and made me feel good. I incorporated a few healthy habits into my daily life: I started exercising more, cooking healthy foods, finding new hobbies, and making time for the things I enjoy that I had put aside in the past. It felt awesome!
I realized pretty quickly how I had sacrificed my health and wellbeing in favor of deadlines and duties—even though I didn’t have to.
Truthfully, most of these healthy habits require very little time commitment. If you have time to scroll through Instagram and watch a few makeup tutorials or cute dog videos (guilty), then you have time to add one or two of these healthy habits into your routine.
So while those adorable dog videos may be good for your soul, these healthy habits are good for the rest of you. Keep both as part of your daily routine and feel better overall….