You’re busy. I get it. But busy doesn’t have to be synonymous with stress. You can totally rock your on-the-go lifestyle while moving through your days with more ease.
Plan and prepare your meals for the week
Set aside a few hours each week to plan and prepare your meals and snacks for the week. This may seem like a time-suck in the moment but when you get home late after a crazy day in the office you will be happy to open the refrigerator, pull out something healthy, and have dinner ready in 10 minutes or less. You can use a meal planner and write out your meals for the week and create your shopping list. Prepare as much as possible in advance. I love roasting a giant tray of veggies, making a big batch of soup, and washing and chopping raw fruits and veggies on the weekend.
Create a dedicated exercise and meditation space
I’m not talking about a fully equipped home gym but keep your yoga mat, weights, and meditation pillow ready. After a long day it can be hard enough to choose the workout clothes over your comfy pjs so why make it harder by needing to pull out your equipment? Do you practice yoga near your computer or television? Keep your mat there waiting for you to simply unroll and go. Do you meditate in your bedroom when you wake up? Keep your pillow out.
Set out your clothes for the week
Okay, I just saw you roll your eyes. Really, Stephanie? Set out my clothes? Yes. How often do you find yourself trying on everything in your closet before work or a night out? You get more and more frustrated and just settle on something because now you’re late. Do you feel beautiful, comfortable, or sexy? No. You probably feel uncomfortable and annoyed. And that is the opposite of ease. Think about the week ahead of you and set out outfits for work, the gym, and evening events. Try them on in advance to make sure they fit and you feel good in them. Not only will you save yourself time but you will feel comfortable in your clothes and that energy will spill over into the rest of your life.
Schedule your workouts
Ease is all about limiting guilt and unnecessary stress. One of the biggest guilt areas is usually around not working out. If you don’t make exercise a priority it just won’t happen. It’s as simple as that. There is always going to be something else to do. And we know that we feel healthier and happier when we workout. So make it a non-negotiable. Schedule your workouts just like you schedule your haircut, meeting, or dentist appointment and follow the schedule. And be realistic when you create your schedule. Don’t schedule a 5am gym session when you struggle to get out of bed in the morning.
Schedule one self-love activity
This one is completely up to you. Maybe you set aside a night to cozy up on the couch with your furry friend and Bravo on-demand. Or you meet your friends for a spin class. Plan a romantic date night with your honey. Turn off your phone and take a relaxing bath. Go for a long walk alone with your thoughts. Whatever nourishes you – do it once a week. Knowing that you have this to look forward to will balance out the daily grind.