I honestly believe that everyone benefits from structure within their lives. Think about it. If you had a day off, what would you do? Probably lounge around and watch TV. No judgement, I would do the same. But on a work day, or a day full of classes, I would find myself the most productive: doing loads of laundry, running three miles, making my own meals, etc. Knowing there is only a limited amount of “me time” or time to get things done makes you prioritize things differently. There is no lollygagging. Things get done because they have to, otherwise they’ll never get done. Everyone also deserves their lounging time. Imagine how much nicer it will feel knowing everything you needed to get done is finished!
This being said, establish some kind of structure in your life. This can be as simple as working Monday through Friday 9-5 or going to school. However, I challenge you to go a step further to incorporate healthy lifestyle habits within this structure. It’s never too late to implement, and I promise you, you will see and feel the change!
Set an exercise goal. For my current schedule, mine is to exercise at least four times a week. I schedule two workout classes with Orange Theory then go on beach runs. Exercise makes my head feel clear and my body feel light. I feel the rush of endorphins that accompany running. Never have I ever regret running or exercising. I have regretted not exercising. Once you get into the groove of your routine, you will want to exercise. The first couple of weeks are the hardest. This is one of the healthiest habits to start young. Life doesn’t simmer down after school ends. Find a way within your busy schedule to prioritize exercising. It does wonders for your heart, brain, and soul!
I’m not going to lie. I LOVE watching The Bachelor. This is the time where I shut my brain off for an hour or two. Unfortunately, I seemed to have made TV time my favorite pass-time. I am not using my brain whatsoever. Structured mental stimulation helps motivate you within other aspects of your life! Don’t immediately come home and turn on the “boob tube.” Rather, open a book, practice suduko, or study for your exam in a week.
Don’t leave your laundry, grocery shopping, and meal prepping for the last minute. Get it over with before the weekend or at the start of the weekend so you can maximize your “me time.” Wash your clothing as needed, make your bed, and clean up after yourself. You’ll find that the second you let yourself go, it’s all downhill. Next thing you know you’re ordering take-out and living in a pigsty. Stay on top of your chores. An organized and clean home are proven to motivate you!
Lastly, and my favorite piece, is to ensure you are getting out into the world! Try new restaurants, go on a bike ride, and meet up with friends. You can only continue to take care of others if you take care of yourself. In a recent Ted Talk, it was revealed that connections with the world and friends are the greatest influencer on a long healthy life! Get out there! Make your heart happy!